12.001 Introduction to Geology

Class Info

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 not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Fall semester, and will be instructed by J. T. Perron and O. Jagoutz.

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.

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