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    Vassar College
   
 
  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ESCI 251 - Global Geophysics and Tectonics


1 unit(s)
What can physics and simple math tell us about the earth? By utilizing an array of techniques, geophysicists gain an understanding of the processes that shape our planet. Reflection and earthquake seismology give us insight into deep earth structure, plate tectonic mechanisms, mountain building, basin formation, and hazard mitigation. Variations in the earth’s gravitational field yield information on density contrasts beneath the surface, from the scale of mountain ranges to buried artifacts. Heat flow variations are useful in determining regional subsurface thermal structure, fluid advection, and climate variation. Laboratories are designed to use the skills required in most geology related fields. They involve the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software, and construction of simple computer models. 

Prerequisite(s): ESCI 151  or ESCI 121 .

Not offered in 2017/18.

Two 75-minute periods; one 4-hour laboratory.



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