Spring 2008 Courses

100. Environmental Geology and Hydrology
Peter Lea T 8:30 - 9:55, TH 8:30 - 9:55
An introduction to aspects of geology and hydrology that affect the environment and land use. Topics include watersheds and surface-water quality, groundwater contamination, coastal erosion, and landslides. Weekly labs and field trips examine local environmental problems affecting Maine rivers, lakes, and coast.
202. Mineralogy
Clara Chan M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55
Mineral chemistry and crystallography are explored through hand specimen identification, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectrometry, and phase diagrams. Emphasis is placed on mineral associations, and on the genesis of minerals in igneous and metamorphic rocks.
267. Coastal Oceanography
Edward Laine T 11:30 - 12:55, TH 11:30 - 12:55
Principles and problems in coastal oceanography, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary inquiry. Topics include circulation and sediment transport within estuaries and on the continental shelf, impact of human systems on the marine environment, and issues and controversies of eutrophication and hypoxia in the coastal environment.
357. The Physics of Climate
Mark Battle M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
A rigorous treatment of the Earth’s climate, based on physical principles. Topics include climate feedbacks, sensitivity to perturbations, and the connections between climate and radiative transfer, atmospheric composition and large-scale circulation of the oceans and atmospheres. Anthropogenic climate change will also be studied.
393. Advanced Seminar in Geology
Edward Laine M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55
Offers students the opportunity to synthesize work done in geology courses, to critically read and discuss articles, to listen to speakers prominent in the discipline, and to write scientific essays. Specific topic varies by year; possible topics include Global Environmental Changes in the Oceans, Estuaries, and Mountain Belts. The topic for Spring 2008 is Glacial Marine Sedimentation. Required for the major in Geology. Open to junior or senior geology majors or minors, or interdisciplinary majors in geology-chemistry and geology-physics.