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Glaciers, Ice Ages & Climate Change

GEO 267

Glaciers, Ice Ages & Climate Change

GEO 267

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2.

Reviews the causes and consequences of glaciation, their past and present distribution and landscape features formed by glaciation. Investigates paleoclimatological evidence for past climate fluctuations such as Ice Ages, assesses evidence for current climate change, and discusses societal impacts in a spatial context. Fieldwork in a glaciated area may be included. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Examine glacial processes.

Objectives:

  • Identify glacial processes and their spatial and temporal distribution.
  • Recognize erosional and depositional glacial landscapes.

Assess paleoclimatological methods.

Objectives:

  • Review paleoclimatological methods that reveal climatological patterns through time.
  • Describe past climate fluctuations including the Little Ice Age and Medieval Warming, and their impacts on society.
  • Assess evidence for modern anthropogenic warming and discuss societal consequences in a spatial context.