Course Description : This course introduces students to environmental geology. The focus is on the relationship between human society and the earth's five systems: water, ice, air, the solid earth and life. The course provides an understanding of the geologic mechanism and prediction of such natural hazards as earthquakes, volcanism, coastal and riverine floods, landslides, desertification, glaciation and global warming. The course discusses complex problems that arise from the human impact on the geological processes and how that can lead to tragic consequences. The stress of overpopulation, energy resource limitations, groundwater contamination, alternative energy sources, as well as the basic concepts of environmental geology management will be covered. The laboratory component includes an introduction to geologic methods of identification, groundwater contamination, exercises on water table problems (construction of water table profiles), exercises on geological and tectonic maps to study the most active (tectonically and volcanically) world regions and the study of rocks and minerals as mineral resources.
Department Description : Natural Sciences