Dynamic Earth

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UMass Amherst
The earth is a dynamic planet, constantly creating oceans and mountain ranges, accompanied by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. This course explores the ideas that led to the scientific revolution of plate tectonics; how plate tectonics provides a comprehensive theory explaining how and why volcanoes and earthquakes occur; and the hazards that they produce and their impact on humans. Emphasis is placed on current earthquake and volcanic events, as well as on momentous events from the past, such as the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii, and the more recent eruptions of Mount St. Helens (Washington), Pinitubo (Philippines) and Kilauea (Hawaii). (Gen.Ed. PS)
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Dynamic Earth
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 John Rhodes jmrhodes@geo.umass.edu TU TH 11:30AM 12:45PM Morrill Sci Ctr (1) Room N375