EARTH 151 - The Ice Ages: Past and Present
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
Those with credit for GEOSCI 104 or EARTH 104 may only elect EARTH 151 for 2 credits.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course explores the characteristic of the Earth's climate system and how the various components of that system operate to produce times when extensive ice sheets cover large parts of the Earth's surface. The role of each of the major components of the climate system will be discussed in detail. These include the ice sheets themselves, the astronomical inputs, the oceans, the atmosphere, and the movement of the continental and ocean boundaries. Reconstructions of past climatic conditions are presented and discussed in terms of how they are developed, what they can tell us about climatic extremes, and how they can be used to test the models that simulate modern climate patterns. The long-term climate change associated with the most recent ice age is then contrasted with more rapid climate oscillations, particularly the climatic warming which has been associated with the recent large increase in atmospheric "greenhouse gases."

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EARTH 151 - The Ice Ages: Past and Present
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: First Year Seminar. Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register.
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