G302 Development of the Global Environment
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RESOURCES
ASSIGNMENTS
INFORMATION
What the course comprises.

DISCUSSIONS 
Topics for  discussion sessions and links to information on these topics
RESOURCES  Access to class materials and reference to relevant text chapters for each topic
ASSIGN.
Details of required
position paper

SYNOPSIS
A summary of course themes and learning objectives

SCHEDULE
The planned sequence of coverage for lecture topics

GRADING
How learning in the course is assessed
CONTACTS
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G302 SCHEDULE


Timetable for Class Sessions,  Exams and Assignments (in red):
 
Dates Topic (Links to in-class Questions)

Part II:  Development of the Face of the Earth (continued)
THE EVOLVING EARTH SYSTEM: UNIFORMITY VERSUS CHANGE
Mar. 20 Integrated Causes & Effects; Secular Changes in Geological Phenomena.
Mar. 22
Discussion: Gaia Hypothesis; Biogeochemical History of Earth
Reflections on Discussion #3 (Mar. 23 - 27)
Peer Reviews of Position Paper Drafts due Mar. 27
CATASTROPHES & BOLIDE IMPACTS: EXTINCTION EVENTS
Mar. 27
Event Stratigraphy; Punctuated Earth History; Iridium Anomalies; K/T Boundary
Mar. 27: Review Session
Mar. 29: Exam #2 (During regular class time)

Part III: Climate Change

LONG-TERM CLIMATE TRENDS: GEOLOGICAL PACEMAKER
Apr. 3
Climate Proxies; Temperature History; Cretaceous Black Shales; CH4 burps
Position Paper Complete Final Draft due Apr. 5
ICE AGES & MODERN CLIMATES: CHANGES OVER HUMAN TIMESCALES
Apr. 5
Evidence for Past Glaciations; Climatic Cycles; Ice Ages; Ice Cores
Survey and Questionnaire for Discussion #4 (Apr. 6 - 10)
Apr. 10 Temperature and Ice Volume; Deep Water Circulation; Global Conveyor
Apr. 12
Discussion: Extinction; Icehouse & Greenhouse Worlds, Snowball Earth
Reflections on Discussion #4 (Apr. 13 - 17)
On-line Quiz #3 (Apr. 13 - 17)
FUTURE GLOBAL CHANGE: HUMAN DIMENSION & INFLUENCE  
Apr. 17
Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming; Ozone; Oceanic Biological Pump
Apr. 19
Modern Extinction; Environment Destruction
Position Paper Final Copy due Apr. 24
Apr. 24: Review Session
May 3: Final Exam (10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)


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