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Evolution of the Earth

Examination of a wide variety of scientific tools and datasets allows us to reconstruct the history of the Earth. Information from rock associations, fossils, stratigraphic correlations, geochemistry, and radioactive-age determinations forms a logical picture of the co-evolution of the Earth’s lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. The human dimension of historical geology is revealed in tracing the development of the concept of time, and through discussions of the rate and magnitude of human-induced environmental change. Lecture, discussion, laboratory, field study. One Saturday or Sunday field trip.

Course Number

GEOL 105 C1


Zambito, James





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous laboratory assignments and group discussions several times per week, available in-person or online. Asynchronous activities will include lectures, videos, virtual fieldtrips, written assignments, and group work.

Time Slot

All Afternoon



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