GEE 101S INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SCIENCE

3 Hours/Week, 3 Credits

1. Origin of the earth: Solar system, Earth and Moon. 2. Geography: Space, Location, Longitude, Latitude, Regions. 3. World Regional Pattern: Distribution Continents, Ocean, Mountains, Desert, Forest. 4. Earth Science: Atmosphere, Biosphere, Hydrosphere, Lithosphere, Rock cycle, Earth time, scientific theory, Uniformitarianism. 5. Surface of Earth: Mass wasting, running water, ground water, glaciation, wind, deserts, shorelines and near shore environments, ocean floor. 6. Interior of the Earth: Structure of the Earth, Plate tectonics, Earthquakes, Oceanic and Continental crust, structural deformation. 7. Sedimentary Rocks: Composition, texture, classification, identification, formation, weathering and erosion of soils, sedimentary processes. 8. Metamorphic Rocks: Composition, texture, classification, identification, formation, agents of change. 9. Igneous Rocks: Composition, texture, classification, identification, formation, intrusive and extrusive activity and structures. 10. Resources: Minerals, fossil fuels, groundwater. Recommended Books 1. Inhuman nature: Sociable life on a dynamic planet by Nigel Clark 2. Oceanography: An earth sciences perspective by Steve Kershaw