Instructor: Dr. Nancy Van Wagoner
Office: Huggins Science Hall, room 305 and Perry House, 42 University Avenue
Phone: 585-1590 (Geology Office)
585-1435 (Continuing Education Office)
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-3.00 PM and by appointment.
Class meets: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: HSH 10
Geology and the Environment, 2nd Edition, by B. W. Pipkin and D. D. Trent 1
As well as assigned articles, websites, and videos
|Geology is the study
Environmental Geology focuses on the relationship between humans and their Earth environment. It is the study of human interaction with the land, with all its sociological, economic and political ramifications.(1)
|This course concentrates on the relationship between people and internal Earth processes such as, earthquakes and volcanoes, geologic structures, plate tectonics, the evolution of mountains and ocean basins, the concept of geologic time, rocks, minerals, and mineral resources.|
|January 5,7||Unit 1: Introduction to the Course and the Earth overview||Chap. 1:
|January 12||Unit 2:
Soils: Classification, Erosion and Protection
|January 19, 21||Unit 4:
Landslides and Mass Wasting
|Chap. 7:||Mass Wasting|
|January 26, 28||Unit 4 continued:
Case Histories: Slopes that have failed, and the lives that were lost
|February 2, 4||Unit 5:
The Water Cycle, and how streams work
|February 9||Test 1|
|February 11||Unit 5 continued:
Case Histories: Floods and Dams
Groundwater and Fresh Water Resources
|February 16||Unit 6:
Groundwater Depletion and Pollution, Subsidence, Caves and Caving
|February 18||Unit 7:
Glaciers, Glaciation and Climate Change
|February 22-26||Study Break|
|March 2, 4||Unit 8:
Deserts, Distribution of Deserts and Desertification
|March 9||Unit 9:
Oceans and Ocean Currents
|March 11||Unit 9 continued:
Tide, Currents, and Waves
|March 16||Unit 9 continued:
Human Impact on Coastal Environments
|March 18||Test 2|
|March 23||Unit 10:
The Atmosphere and its Geologic History
The Ozone Layer
|pg. 344-358||Global Climate and
|March 25||Unit 11:
|April 1||Unit 11 continued:
Alternatives to Fossil Fuels
|April 6||Unit 12:
Objectives and Learning Outcomes
1. To give
you the tools to become a better steward of Earth, and a more constructive
manager of the land and its population.
2. To be educated enough to know the right questions to ask when faced with environmental issues.
3. To learn to access information and tell the difference between reliable and unreliable information.
4. To depict the role of Geologists in today's society.
5. To present knowledge that will be useful for life, whether forming opinions on environmental issues, selecting a home site or other property, evaluating a business, or appreciating and understanding your surroundings.
6. To sharpen your observational skills and expand your horizons by introducing you to the complexities of geologic systems and processes, and developing your ability to "see" in three dimensions.
7. To prepare you to consider many environmental issues facing society, such as resource utilization, water use and conservation, and land-use planning.
1. A perspective
of Earth in the Universe and the Solar System.
2. A knowledge of the structure and composition of Earth from the inside out.
3. Understanding of the terrestrial foundation on which societies are built.
4. A general understanding of Earth systems, processes, and the multivariate character of nature.
5. An understanding of the vastness of geologic time, and the varying rates of geologic processes.
6. An understanding of the range of scales of geologic problems, from the global to the microscopic.
7. Appreciation that Earth resources are limited and Earth has a limited capacity to sustain life.
8. A better appreciation of Earth's beauty.
|Global Climate and Human Impact||