Fall 2009 Courses

050. Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Edward Laine T 1:00 - 2:25, TH 1:00 - 2:25 Druckenmiller-016
Introduction to the basic plate tectonic structure of the Earth and its relationship to the global distribution and types of earthquakes and volcanoes. Exploration of the factors contributing to the origin and styles of eruption of magma from volcanoes. Examination of the history and nature of tsunamis and the volcanic, seismic, and other events that can trigger them. Consideration of the human response to these and other geological hazards and efforts to mitigate them.
101. Investigating Earth
Rachel Beane T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Druckenmiller-004
Dynamic processes, such as earthquakes and volcanoes, shape the earth on which we live. In-class lectures and exercises examine these processes from the framework of plate tectonics. Weekly field trips explore rocks exposed along the Maine coast. During the course, students complete a research project on Maine geology.
102. Introduction to Oceanography
Collin Roesler M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25 Druckenmiller-004
The fundamentals of geological, physical, chemical, and biological oceanography: tectonic evolution of the ocean basins, thermohaline and wind-driven circulation, chemical cycles, primary production and trophodynamics with emphasis on oceans' role in climate change. Weekly labs will apply the principles in the setting of Casco Bay and the Gulf of Maine.
241. Structural Geology
Rachel Beane T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55 Druckenmiller-210
Geologic structures yield evidence for the dynamic deformation of the earth’s crust. This course examines deformation at scales that range from the plate-tectonic scale of the Appalachian mountains to the microscopic scale of individual minerals. A strong field component provides ample opportunity for describing and mapping faults, folds, and other structures exposed along the Maine coast. In-class exercises focus on problem-solving through the use of geologic maps, cross-sections, stereographic projections, strain analysis, and computer applications.
272. Glacial Processes and Landforms
Peter Lea T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55 Druckenmiller-110
During recent ice ages, glaciers covered a third of the world’s land area and had profound impacts on earth’s landscapes and climates. Uses lectures, labs, field trips, and reading of the primary literature to examine the controls of current and former glacier distribution and movement, landforms and landscapes of glacial and meltwater systems, and the interaction of glaciers and the earth’s climate system.
276. Watershed Hydrology
Peter Lea M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Druckenmiller-210
Everyone lives in a watershed, but how do watersheds function, both naturally and increasingly as impacted by humans? Examines the movement and modification of water through the landscape, emphasizing such topics as natural and human controls of water quality, streamflow generation and surface-groundwater interactions, watershed modeling, and approaches to watershed management. Students perform an integrated investigation of a local watershed, examining natural and human controls on hydrologic processes.
287. Poles Apart: A comparison of Arctic and Antarctic Environments
Collin Roesler M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Druckenmiller-110
Compares and contrasts the geography, climate, glaciology and sea ice, ocean biology and exploration history of the Arctic and Antarctic regions with particular emphasis on the role of polar regions in global climate change. One weekend field trip required.