Dynamic Earth

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Dynamic Earth
Science Course
Course CodeDYNE
Years of Operation1995*-2016
Sites OfferedCAL, LOS, NLD, PAL, SAN, SPE
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1996):

The earth, as geologists Tarbuck and Lutgen explain, "is not an unchanging mass of rock but rather a dynamic body with a long and complex history." Students in this course examine the structure of the earth and explore those processes which can alter its surface in rapid and dramatic ways. Students learn how different types of volcanoes are formed and explore the nature of volcanic eruptions. They also learn what earthquakes are and what mechanisms produce them; they learn the types of seismic waves and how seismic waves are measured. In addition, students examine the geological effects of severe weather (hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods). Throughout the course, students are introduced to some of the techniques of surveillance and forecasting. Field trips include visits to geological laboratories and museums. Laboratory exercises use resources provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce.