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GEOL 225 - Geodynamics

(4 credits)
Prerequisite: Any 100-level GEOL, CHEM, PHYS, BIOL course or GEOG 100
This course explores the dynamic processes that shape the solid Earth. It applies physics, chemistry, and mathematics to the study of how mantle convection leads to plate tectonics and related geologic phenomena such as seafloor spreading, mountain building, volcanoes, and earthquakes. The techniques used to probe Earth’s interior are also examined, including the use of magnetic fields, gravity, seismic waves, as well as the mineralogy of rocks and their isotopic composition. Three hours of lecture and one two-hour laboratory weekly.