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Course Description

A few of the wondrous features of planet Earth in ten stand-alone lectures with no prerequisites. Topics: 1. Big Crystals (occurrence and origin of large crystals). 2. Big Floods (large floods in recent history and in the past). 3. Big Bangs (explosive eruptions in some volcanoes).4. Skystones in the Ice (the Antarctic treasure trove of extraterrestrial material). 5. Planetary Bits and Pieces (materials from different solar system sources). 6. Presolar Grains (small grains older than planet Earth). 7. Recent Extinctions (Ice Age and recent extinctions). 8. Cracks in the Earth (places where the Earth is pulling apart). 9. Magical Magnetism (the profound influence of the Earth's magnetic field). 10. The Wonder of Water (the unique feature of our planet that plays a major role in most geologic processes).  Lecture (plus Questions)
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