12.001 Introduction to Geology


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Major minerals and rock types, rock-forming processes, and time scales. Temperatures, pressures, compositions, structure of the Earth, and measurement techniques. Geologic structures and relationships observable in the field. Sediment movement and landform development by moving water, wind, and ice. Crustal processes and planetary evolution in terms of global plate tectonics with an emphasis on ductile and brittle processes. Includes laboratory exercises on minerals, rocks, mapping, plate tectonics, rheology, glaciers. Two one-day field trips (optional).

This class has no prerequisites.

12.001 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017).

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in 54-819.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Introduction to Geology site or on the 12.001 Stellar site.

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