Dynamic Earth

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)

Course Details

Campus: 
Amherst
Format: 
Online
Level: 
Undergraduate
Subject: 
Geology
Number: 
GEOLOGY 105
Semester: 
Fall 2020
Registration Status: 
Closed
Registration: 
Monday, June 1, 2020 to Monday, September 7, 2020