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The oceans cover about 72% of Earth’s surface, yet we know the surface of Venus better than our own ocean floors. Why is that? This integrated introduction to the oceans covers formation and history of the ocean basins; the composition and origin of seawater; currents, tides, and waves; ocean-atmosphere interactions; oceans and climate; deep-marine environments; coastal processes; productivity in the oceans; and human impacts. Coastal oceanography will be investigated on an all-day field trip, hosted by the Williams-Mystic program in Connecticut. This course is in the Oceans and Climates group for the Geosciences major.
Format: lecture/laboratory; discussion, three hours per week and laboratory, two hours per week in alternate weeks/one all-day field trip
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
two hour exams, lab work, participation in the field trip, and a final exam
first-year and sophomore students, MAST concentrators
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI Natural World Electives
EXPE Experiential Education Courses
GEOS Group A Electives - Climate + Oceans