PHS 210 - Mountain Geology and Climate
This course entails an in-depth study of processes affecting topography in mountainous regions, focusing on the geological and meterological aspects of mountain formations. The geological portion of study includes rock formations and units of the region, orogenesis (mountain formation), glacial geology and mass wasting. The meteorological portion of study includes the climatology of the region, orographic uplift and the influence of mountains on severe and hazardous weather. The highlight of the course is intensive field study in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, including hiking of five or more miles per day with significant elevation gain.
3 Class Hours, 3 Laboratory Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Identify key geologic features in mountainous terrain.
2. Interpret past geologic settings and environments based on present day observations.
3. Identify key meteorological phenomenon that occur in mountainous regions.
4. Interpret past climate and meteorological conditions based on present day geological observations.
5. Use basic tools geologists and meteorologists use in observational field study.
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