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Marine Geological Processes is required for students in the MG&G option and is also intended as general course for students outside the option. The focus of the course will be examination of a small set of selected themes involving the geologic history of earth and ocean processes. In particular we will focus on processes involved in 1) the development of the sedimentary record in the vicinity of the mid ocean ridge and 2) the record of global sea level on a broad range of time scales. The approach taken is to apply principles of thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics and time series analysis to modeling and understanding of observational data. In other words, the course is not meant to be encyclopedic, but rather illustrative of the methodology used in attacking significant contemporary problems in the marine geosciences. Lectures and discussions will be supplemented with reading from the literature and problem sets.
The course content is not based on any specific textbook. If your background in earth sciences is limited, the text The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution published by the Open University (ISBN 0750639830) may be a valuable supplement to the lecture material. Another excellent introductory reference on the earth sciences, is Understanding Earth by Frank Press and Ray Siever (ISBN 0716731339). A comprehensive, though mainly descriptive, introduction to marine geology emphasizing the history of the ocean basins can be found in Marine Geology by Jim Kennett. Many have found Turcotte and Schubert's Geodynamics (ISBN 0521666244 paperback) useful for portions of the course. All four of these books will be on reserve in the Fish-Ocean Library.
References to additional relevant material are listed with the associated lectures.
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