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    College of William & Mary
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MSCI 401C - Fundamentals of Marine Geology


Fall (2) Hein, Kuehl Prerequisite(s): MSCI 330  or BIOL 230  or GEOL 330  

This course provides an introduction to the major topics of marine geology without expecting the student to have a background in geology. The course addresses the age and internal structure of the earth, the processes of plate tectonics including the formation of oceanic crust, seamounts, hydrothermal vents, the characteristics and classification of sediments and the distribution of sediments in the deep sea. Also addressed is the interrelationships among and importance of paleoceanography, climate change, and sea-level change, and the processes and characteristics of various marine, estuarine, and coastal sedimentary environments. The course includes discussion of various types of field equipment and logistics and of some economic and societal implications. MSCI 401C requires co-registration with the relevant MSCI 401R.