Evolution of continents and oceans; sea-floor spreading, mountain ranges, plate tectonics; oceanic circulation and global cycles; erosion, landslides and sedimentation on land and sea; marine biological systems; evolution of life through the ages; oceans and climate; the Solar System.
This multidisciplinary paper commences with an overview of our place on planet Earth, the solar system, and deep space. It then covers a vast number of topics by way of the unifying theme of Earth "spheres": Atmosphere; Geosphere; Hydrosphere; Cryosphere, and; Biosphere. Topics such as climate and atmospheric/oceanic circulation, plate tectonics and associated hazards, weathering and erosion/deposition, past and present life, glaciers and ice sheets, and the impact of humans on the planet are covered. Students will finish the course with a holistic understanding of planet Earth, and a good feel for topics worth pursuing at more advanced levels.
|Paper title||Earth and Ocean Science|
|Subject||Earth and Ocean Science|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- EAOX 111
- Schedule C
- EAOS 111 is required for students taking Geology as a major or minor subject, and is recommended for students wishing to enter Marine Science studies at a later stage.
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- Teaching staff
Coordinator: Professor Mark Stirling
Lecturers: Involves various academic staff from the departments of Geology and Marine Science
- Paper Structure
- This paper consists of 4 lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week. Lectures cover
- Our place in space: humanity on earth, earth in the universe
- The geosphere: our dynamic earth
- Earth's surface: where the geosphere meets the hydrosphere
- The hydrosphere and the atmosphere: a tightly coupled system
- The cryosphere: Ice distribution, dynamics, and trends
- The biosphere: life on earth
- Teaching Arrangements
- 4 lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
Fieldwork: Two 1-day field trips (there is a choice of Saturday or Sunday) to North Otago and Taieri Plains. One lab trip aboard Polaris Research Vessel.
- The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 3rd Edition by Brian J Skinner & Barbara W Murck (2011), J Wiley & Sons Inc.
- Course outline
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental
literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Understand and describe the processes that shape Earth's surface, interior and oceans
- Draw connections between the various components of the Earth system
- Apply concepts introduced in lectures and laboratories to field settings
- Understand the concept of geologic time in relation to physical and biological systems
- Understand the physical and biological controls on the distribution of Earth materials and make predictions based on this understanding