Studies the basic principles of techniques for reconstructing the history of ocean climate from marine sediment cores, corals, ice cores, and other paleoclimate archives. Examines this data in the light of proposed climate change mechanisms. Micropaleontological, isotopic, geochemical, and mineralogical changes are used to infer changes in seawater composition, atmospheric chemistry, and climate. Observations are interpreted as consequences of changes in ocean temperature, circulation, and chemistry, and are used to evaluate theories proposed to account for glacial/interglacial cycles. Focuses on the past two million years, but major processes and events from the past 100 million years are also included.
This class has no prerequisites.
12.740 will be offered this semester (Spring 2017). It is instructed by E. A. Boyle.
Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 54-819.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits.
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