Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Nov 17, 2019  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEO 209 - Paleoclimatology

Course Units: 1
(Winter; Rodbell) Climate is fundamentally relevant to modern and ancient societies. Global warming is occurring today, and whether it is driven by human activities (e.g., CO2, CH4 emissions) or by natural climate cycles can only be determined by understanding natural climatic variability. Fortunately, there are many tools, and natural climatic records, which can provide us with information on past climate (e.g. tree rings, ice cores from glaciers, and sediment cores from lakes and oceans). Obtaining, documenting and interpreting these records is the field of paleoclimatology, and it is the focus of this course. Past climate variability is used to highlight possible scenarios of future climate change. Prerequisite(s): Any geology course numbered 110 or higher, or permission of the instructor. Lecture/Lab Hours Weekly lab.



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