G302 Development of the Global Environment
INFORMATION
DISCUSSIONS
RESOURCES
ASSIGNMENTS
INSTRUCTOR
Simon
Simon Brassell
Office: GY313
Tel: 5-3786
Email:
simon@indiana.edu
RESOURCES
Collections of materials from lectures as aids to learning
Additional links to pdf files and text chapters will be periodically updated.
PDF
Links to pdf file of powerpouint presentations used in class

Lunine
TEXT
Numbers refer  to individual
chapters with Lunine
"Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World"

G302 RESOURCES

Contents

  • Links to pdf files of the powerpoint files used in lectures for each topic.
    • Note that the layering of some images may not appear correctly 
    • These pdf files can also be downloaded from the Oncourse group space.
    • Initially, the pdf files represent those employed the last time this course was taught. They will gradually be replaced by files for the material presented this semester as the course proceeds.
  • Reference to relevant chapters in the text that cover the material, although it may relate to subsections of the chapter.
  • All of the materials presented in visuals with links from these pages are my original drawings and text, or were copied from existing web pages. 
  • If any owner of the copyright to individual images objects to their use in this educational forum they may contact me by email: simon@indiana.edu

Lecture Materials: 
Dates Topic (Links to in-class Questions)
PDF
Text
Course Introduction and Concepts


Jan. 9 Introduction to Class Components and Topics
Part I: The Dawn of Time


BEGINNINGS OF THE UNIVERSE: FROM THE INFINITE & THE SUBATOMIC
Jan. 11 Big Bang; Age and Dimensions of the Universe;
Galaxies and Star Clusters.

10
2.4

Jan. 11 Synthesis and Abundance of Elements;
Radioactive and Stable Isotopes.
4
3.5/6
SOLAR SYSTEM EVOLUTION & METEORITES: PLANETS & NEIGHBORS
Jan. 18 Solar System; Planetesimals;
Terrestrial & Jovian Worlds; Meteorites.

15,7
BIRTH OF THE EARTH AND MOON: A COUPLED SYSTEM
Jan. 23 Accretionary Processes; Radioactive Heat;
Gravity; Density

5
11
Jan. 25 Interior & Exterior Features of Planets;
Cores, Surfaces & Atmospheres.
11
SEGREGATION OF EARTH LAYERS: BUILDING A DYNAMIC SYSTEM
Jan. 30
Composition of the Earth;
Formation of the Core, Mantle & Crust.

11
Feb. 1
Discussion: Extraterrestrial Environments & Life; Formation of the Moon

11. 15
RADIOACTIVE CLOCKS & GEOLOGICAL TIME: ABSOLUTE & RELATIVE TIME
Feb. 6
Radioactivity; Decay Times;
Age of the Earth & Meteorites

5,8
Feb. 8
Principles of Stratigraphy;
Sedimentary, Magnetic, Biological, Isotopic

8
Feb. 8
Review Session - Prior to Exam #1 on Feb. 13



Part II: Development of the Face of the Earth

TECTONICS & CONTINENTAL CONFIGURATIONS: RIFTING & DRIFTING
Feb. 15
Sea Floor Spreading; Convergence, Divergence;
Formation of Ocean Basins

9
Feb. 20
Paleogeography; Paleomagnetics;
Supercontinents and Superoceans

9
Feb. 22
Discussion:
Fragmentary Records of Time; Growth of the Continents

11
EVOLUTION OF ATMOSPHERIC COMPOSITION: OXIDATION OF EARTH
Feb. 27
Atmospheric Composition & Circulation;
Wind Belts; Climate Control

17
Mar. 1 Proxies for Ancient Atmospheres;
History of Carbon Dioxide & Oxygen

17
EVOLUTION OF OCEAN CHARACTERISTICS: EARTH'S WATERY ENVELOPE
Mar. 6
Ocean Dynamics;
Temperature, Salinity & Density-Driven Circulation

22
BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS ON EARTH PROCESSES: EVOLUTIONARY TRENDS
Mar. 8
Origin & Development of Life;
Emergence of Animals; Land Plants

12, 13
THE EVOLVING EARTH SYSTEM: UNIFORMITY VERSUS CHANGE
Mar. 20
Integrated Causes and Effects;
Secular Changes in Geological Phenomena

16, 18, 19
Mar. 22
Discussion:
Gaia Hypothesis; Biogeochemical Records

14, 17
THE EVOLVING EARTH SYSTEM: EXTINCTION EVENTS
Mar. 27
Event Stratigraphy; Punctuated Earth History; Ir Anomalies; K/T Boundary

8, 18
Mar. 27
Review Session - Prior to Exam #2 on Mar. 29


Part III: Climate Change

LONG-TERM CLIMATE TRENDS: GEOLOGICAL PACEMAKER
Apr. 3
Climate Proxies; Temperature History;
Greenhouse and Icehouse Conditions

19
ICE AGES & MODERN CLIMATES: CHANGES OVER HUMAN TIMESCALES
Apr. 5
Evidence for Past Glaciations; Climatic Cycles;
Ice Ages; Ice Cores

21
Apr. 10
Temperature and Ice Volume; Deep Water Circulation; Global Conveyor

21
Apr. 12
Discussion: K/T Boundary Extinction; Snowball Earth

18
FUTURE GLOBAL CHANGE: HUMAN DIMENSION & INFLUENCE
Apr. 17
Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming; Ozone;
Global Climate Models

22
Apr. 19
Modern Extinction; Environment Destruction

23
Apr. 24
Review Session - Prior to Final Exam on May 3


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