GEOS 302
Last Offered Spring 2024
Division III Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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Sediments and sedimentary rocks are the book in which Earth’s history is recorded, where we read the stories of ancient oceans and continents, and how life evolved. Sand and dirt preserve information about the rocks that were eroded to form them, the fluids and forces that transported them, the ways in which they were deposited, and the ecosystems that they supported. Understanding sediments is also fundamental to society, for many kinds of civil engineering as well as pollution and environmental remediation. We will investigate sediment composition, fluid mechanics, bedforms, and depositional environments, building to an integrated understanding of erosion, deposition, and changes over time. We will also acknowledge and examine the roles that racism and colonialism have played in sedimentologic research. This course is in the Sediments and Life group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory; lecture/discussion three hours per week and laboratory three hours per week; field trips: two half-day and one all-day
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 3433
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: lab and field exercises, writing assignments, participation in discussions
Prerequisites: At least one course in GEOS Group B (Solid Earth) AND one course in GEOS Group C (Sediments and Life); or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Geosciences majors
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: Weekly 2-3 page writing assignments will be thoroughly edited for style, grammar, and syntax; each student will compile their papers as a growing body of work, and each new assignment will be read and edited in the context of previous submissions.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group B Electives - Sediments + Life
MAST Interdepartmental Electives

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