Spring 2011 Courses

50. Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Edward Laine
T, Th 2:30 – 3:55
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.
70. Preparing to Face Earth's Future
Rachel Beane
M, W 1:00 – 2:25
How do Earth’s changes impact us? How do we impact the sustainability of Earth? How do scientists study the Earth? Case studies draw from current events such as Deepwater Horizon (why drill for oil in the deep sea? What are the spill’s impacts?), carbon capture and storage (does this geoengineering technique have the potential to mitigate global climate change?), rare earth mining (how do we use Earth’s materials to meet society’s increasing demands?) and the Indonesian earthquake, volcano, and tsunami (how do the Earth’s shifting tectonic plates impact communities? what are scientists doing to predict these events?).
102. Introduction to Oceanography
Collin Roesler
M, W, F 9:30 – 10:25
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. (Same as Environmental Studies 102.)
104. Environmental Geology and Hydrology
Peter Lea
M, W 11:30 – 12:55
An introduction to aspects of geology and hydrology that affect the environment and land use. Topics include lakes, watersheds and surface-water quality, groundwater contamination, coastal erosion, and landslides. Weekly labs and field trips examine local environmental problems affecting Maine’s rivers, lakes, and coast. Students complete a community-based research project on Maine water quality. Formerly Geology 100 (same as Environmental Studies 100). (Same as Environmental Studies 104.)
220. Sedimentary Systems
Peter Lea
T, Th 11:30 – 12:55
Investigates modern and ancient sedimentary systems, both continental and marine, with emphasis on the dynamics of sediment transport, interpretation of depositional environments from sedimentary structures and facies relationships, stratigraphic techniques for interpreting earth history, and tectonic and sea-level controls on large-scale depositional patterns. Weekend trip to examine Devonian shoreline deposits in the Catskill Mountains in New York is required.
265. Geophysics
Edward Laine
T, Th 10:00-11:25
An introduction to the interior of the earth, the geophysical basis of plate tectonics, and exploration geophysics. Emphasis on seismic methods. A problem-based service learning course involving work on projects in support of community partners.
343. Tectonics and Climate
Rachel Beane
M, W, F 9:30 – 10:25
Exploration of the complex interactions between tectonics and climate. Discussion of current research is emphasized by reading primary literature, through class discussions and presentations, and by writing scientific essays. The emphasis on current research means topics may vary, but will include topographic growth of mountain belts and Cenozoic climate change. (Same as Environmental Studies 343.)