Principles of Earth Science I
University of South Dakota
Meetings: MWF 11:00-11:50 in Akeley-Lawrence Science Center 125
Professor: Dr. Brennan Jordan
Office: Akeley-Lawrence 309, phone# 677-6143
Web Page: http://www.usd.edu/~Brennan.Jordan/
Course Overview: We live on a dynamic planet! We are most acutely aware of this when Earth processes operate at their extremes, causing natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides, and volcanic eruptions. But even in the absence of these dramatic events, Earth processes are operating continuously, raising mountain ranges, eroding hillsides, and meandering rivers, to cite just a few examples. The purpose of this course is to expose you to geologic processes, how the Earth works. Along the way you will learn about minerals and rocks, the structure of the Earth, processes that shape the surface, geologic time, and regional geology. This course should leave you with a greater appreciation of the natural world you see around you and an understanding of the geologic processes affecting society. This will allow you to make more informed choices, as an individual (e.g. buying a home in a floodplain), and as a citizen (e.g. voting on issues relating to groundwater pollution and natural hazards).