A quantitative introduction to Solid Earth system science, focusing on the underlying physical and chemical processes and their geological and geophysical expression. Through the course we investigate the Earth starting from its basic constituents and continue though its accretion, differentiation and evolution and discuss how these processes create and sustain habitable conditions on Earth's surface. Topics include nucleosynthesis, planetary thermodynamics, plate tectonics, seismology, geomagnetism, petrology, sedimentology and the global carbon cycle. Two field trips included....
This course surveys the structure and properties of the Deep Earth, including the lower mantle and core. Seismology, mineral physics and geodynamics are used to explore different facets of the Deep Earth and the interiors of other planets, with an emphasis on fundamental and cutting edge literature.
Graduate students, qualified undergraduates and researchers at all levels are welcome in this class.
The Deep Earth - which constitutes the majority of our planet - controls many processes which have shaped our world. However the challenges of understanding the large scale features and fine details of the mantle and core, as well as Earth's crust, are immense. In this course we explore a variety of seismological techniques, examining both foundational and new papers from seismology and other related branches of the geosciences in order to illuminate different aspects of the Deep Earth through global seismology.