Geosciences 361 - Tectonics and Earth History

Tectonics & Earth History

Jack Loveless

M W F 9:25 AM - 10:40 AM

Smith College
Sabin-Reed 101
A broadly-based examination of tectonics, the unifying theory of geology. The class discusses lithospheric plate movements, the creation and destruction of Earth’s crust, the formation of mountain belts and sedimentary basins, the dynamic coupling of crust and mantle, and how these processes have shaped the Earth through time. Emphases includes critical reading of the primary literature; communication of scientific ideas orally and in writing; and the central role of tectonics in uniting diverse fields of geology to create a cogent picture of how the Earth works. Prerequisite: any two 200-level courses in geosciences, one of which may be taken concurrently.
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.