Geology, Oceanography & Evolution


In the past five years, technological improvements in
remote measurement techniques have led to the discovery
of much new information in all branches of earth science
that has shaped the current state of knowledge. In five
sessions this course will survey the basic concepts of
these sciences, new discoveries and the new complexities
of interactions across the various scientific disciplines.

1. New information on the inner core of Earth, carbon
cycle, lost continent beneath, how North America
grew as a continent and bedrock map of Antarctica.

2. Major oceanic currents, ocean-atmospheric interactions,
storm surges, human-made pollution, impact
of pollution and temperature increase on aquatic life,
Greenland’s ice sheet and Antarctic ice break-up.

3. & 4. Major atmospheric currents, extreme
weather events, how hurricanes develop, why a
hurricane’s path is so difficult to predict, climate
models and predictions, hurricane facts, humanmade
atmospheric pollution, greenhouse gas
emissions, global warming and its consequences,
whether new technologies can slow or stop climate
change and uses of weather maps.

5. History of evolution, whether evolution proceeds
in a straight line; mass extinctions and their consequences;
Holocene period, when humans started
altering the earth; human-made solid pollutants (soot,
plastic and aerosols); and food for 10 billion people.

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