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Course Description

This  introductory class presents "big picture" geology topics and how geologic processes work.  Lectures will introduce geologic  processes that operate on Earth which affect and influence everyone.  Ten 1.5 hour lectures will be presented on: geologic time; plate tectonics; volcanoes; geomorphology and landforms; soils, rocks and minerals; Earth climate change through geologic time; geohazards (earthquakes, landslides, etc.), surface water and groundwater; groundwater contaminant assessments.  Time permitting short geologic miscellany lectures may include: Could California fall into the sea?  What is Human Induced Seismicity?  Extinctions. Lectures will use PowerPoint slides with some short videos to add detail to selected talks.  We will have brief question and answer discussions and as each lecture moves along.  I will hand out reference/reading/geology website lists. There are no homework assignments, but students are encouraged to learn more about how geologic processes affect everyone on Planet Earth. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated DiscussionViewing Videos 
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