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Introduction to Physical Geology


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As an introduction to physical geology, this course is a study of the earth as a changing, integrated system, viewed through the framework of the unifying theory of plate tectonics. The course approach involves investigating each separate earth subsystem while at the same time continuously clarifying how the systems interact and interconnect with each other. Attention will be paid both to the content of science and to the nature of science itself as an intellectual enterprise. An essential aspect of the course will be hands-on explorations focused around key geological phenomena.