Geology - Course Description

Monday, August 13, 2012

This class begins with the consideration of several seminal insights that marked the birth of geology as a science. The freshmen learn of the geological phenomena that led Wegener to his idea of continental drift. They consider a series of discoveries (paleomagnetism, seafloor spreading, etc.) that contributed to the modern view of plate tectonics. Concepts such as mantle convection, converging and diverging plate boundaries, and hot spots illuminate many geological riddles that characterize our earth. The class concludes with a consideration of glaciers and the part they played in shaping the current topography of Illinois.