Methods used in reconstructing climate before the period of instrumental records and their application in understanding late Quaternary climatic fluctuations. Topics include dating methods, ice core studies, palynology, ocean core studies, terrestrial geological and biological studies, dendroclimatology, and historical climatology. Prerequisites: Geo-Sci 354 or permission of instructor.
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Origin and forms of glaciers; erosional and depositional processes and recognition of erosional and constructional landforms and depositional systems. Pleistocene history of New England, sea level, and isostasy. Field trips by arrangement.
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Application of seismic, gravity, magnetic, and electrical methods used in geophysical exploration. Field techniques, data compilation, and basic interpretations used to support shallow subsurface studies and environmental or hydrologic programs. Lectures, laboratory and field problems.
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