2400 - Earth, Life, and Man: An Introduction to Our Planet
The course looks at how the Earth works and the features of our planet that are crucial to the presence of life. The aim is to discuss the unique characteristics of the planet, the geologic processes that shape the planet, the long history of Earth and of life on Earth, and the increasing influence of man on the planet. Topics include the following: (1) the unique nature of planet Earth; (2) moving continents, the Earth as a dynamic system; (3) what drives geologic processes; (4) surface waters and the air we breathe; (5) resources of the Earth; (6) the wonder of life; (7) a condensed version of Earth history; (8) Earthly catastrophes; (9) the ascent of man --why are we so special? and (10) the impact of man on the planet. This is primarily a lecture course, and no prior knowledge is assumed Lecture (plus Questions)
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