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GEOS 401
Global Tectonics and the Rise of Mountains Fall 2020
Division III Writing Skills

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Fifty years after the sea-floor spreading hypothesis was first verified using magnetic anomalies, we have spectacular data sets from paleomagnetism, seismology, volcanism, the Global Positioning System, and digital elevation models that provide rich details into the kinematics and mechanisms of present and past plate motions. We will read journal articles to explore how plate tectonics can help explain the evolution of mountain belts with special emphasis on the Appalachians.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Remote, weekly one-hour meetings with tutorial partner and instructor
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 2543
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five papers based on journal articles, and critiques of partner's papers
Prerequisites: GEOS 203, 302, or 303 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Geosciences majors, then juniors
Unit Notes: As a 400-level seminar, this capstone course is intended to build on and extend knowledge and skills students have developed during previous courses in the major
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: Five 5-page papers throughout the semester based and journal articles. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: GEOS Group C Electives - Solid Earth

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