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Mountains, Rivers & Glaciers - GEOL 095 Z1 - Course Syllabus

Mountains, Rivers & Glaciers - GEOL 095 Z1 - Course Syllabus

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View Course: https://learn.uvm.edu/courselistsummer/course.php?term=201206&crn=60864

This course will introduce the dynamic processes that shape mountains. The focus will be the dramatic scenery of high alpine environments. How do high mountains rise and fall? Erosion by rivers and glaciers plays an important role in both building mountains and destroying them. Understanding mountains requires an interdisciplinary approach that includes plate tectonics as well as climate and erosion. This course will give students the tools to understand the landscape around them. (No prerequisite).
View Course: https://learn.uvm.edu/courselistsummer/course.php?term=201206&crn=60864

This course will introduce the dynamic processes that shape mountains. The focus will be the dramatic scenery of high alpine environments. How do high mountains rise and fall? Erosion by rivers and glaciers plays an important role in both building mountains and destroying them. Understanding mountains requires an interdisciplinary approach that includes plate tectonics as well as climate and erosion. This course will give students the tools to understand the landscape around them. (No prerequisite).

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MOUNTAINS,RIVERS,ANDGLACIERS
GEO095—July2toJuly27,2011
Dr.DevinMcPhillipsOfficehours:byappointmentClassschedule:MTWTh,9-11:45am
dmcphill@uvm.edu
CourseGoals:
ThiscourseintroducesthedynamicEarth.Itsgoalistoprovideyouwiththetoolstounderstandhowmountainswork.Intheprocess,itoughttoaffordyouanunderstandingofEarth’satmosphere,crust,andmantleaswellastheirinteractions.
CourseEvaluation:
Yourgradewillbedeterminedbasedonweeklyquizzes,twobriefclassroompresentations,andonewrittencomposition.OnMondays,wewilldiscussgeologyinthenews,andyouwillhaveachancetoearnsmallbutsignificantextracreditforbringinginrelevantnewsstories.
Quizzes(48%):
QuizzeseachMondayaredesignedtokeepyouuptodateonthematerialduringthisnecessarilyfastmovingclass.(firstMondayisknowledgesurvey,notforagrade.)
Presentations(20%):
Eachofyouwillparticipateintwo5-7minutepresentationstotheclass.Insmallgroups,youwillanalyzeandpresenttheresultsfromarecentscientificarticle.Youwillmakeonepresentationindependently,describingtheimportantfeaturesofalandscapeasseeninatopographicmap,geologiccross-section,orGoogleEarthpanorama.Evaluationwillbebasedonaccuracy,clarity,andorganization.
Paper(32%):
Writeafive-pagepaperwithcitationsthatanalyzesthesequenceofgeologiceventsthatformedalandscapeofyourchoice.Includeanimageorotherrepresentationofthelandscape.Or,chooseanothergeologictopicofinteresttoyou.
 Attendance
:AccordingtotheClassroomCodeofConduct,studentsareexpectedtoattendallregularlyscheduledclasses.Excusedabsencesareallowedforathletic,religiousandmedicalreasons,accordingtoUVMPolicy.Youareresponsibleforeverythingnotedinclass,includingchangesinquizdates.
Textbook:
(tentative!)
EssentialsofGeology,3
rd 
Edition
,byStephenMarshak.W.W.Norton&Company,©2009,ISBN-13:9780393932386,ISBN-10:0393932389.
WeeklyTopics:
Ingeneral,eachclasswillbedividedbetweenlectureandmorehands-onactivities.Eachweekwillbefocusedonaparticulartheme.
Week1.PlateTectonics.
Thisweekemphasizesthebigpicture.Themotionofcontinentalandoceanicplatesisthemostimportantcontrolontheformationofmountains.WewillexaminethephysicalandchemicalstructureoftheEarthandconsiderhowsolidrockmoves.
SpecifictopicsincludemapsandGPS,isostasyand gravity,andstructureandpetrology.

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