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Global Environmental Obstacles

Walter S. Borowski

Eastern Kentucky University (University with graduate programs, primarily masters programs)
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Summary


The course uses Mackenzie's Our Changing Planet as a template and investigates world population, diminishing water resources, anthropogenic effects on the atmosphere (ozone hole and acid rain), and global warming. While assessing these global environmental problems, students will learn about deep time, cycling of substances, plate tectonics, and geologic climate change.


Course Type:
Entry Level:Environmental Geology

Course Size:
31-70

Course Context:

General education course fulfilling university requirements for science. Also, an entry course into the geology curriculum of the Earth Sciences department.
This is a new course, but we anticipate subequal enrollment of various classes.

Course Goals:

Students should be able to Students should see the value of scientific inquiry to the human condition.
Students may be prompted to major in geology.

Assessment:

We will use departmental assessment instrument that asks questions about geologic time, plate tectonics, and materials cycling.

Syllabus:

Syllabus (Microsoft Word 43kB Jun22 06)

Teaching Materials:



References and Notes:

Mackenzie, Fred T., 2003 (3rd edition), Our Changing Planet, Prentice Hall.

Various handouts and readings as yet to be determined.


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