Marine Geology and Geophysics
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Area of Study
Geology, Oceanography, Physics
Taught In English
EAOS 111, GEOL 112
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Use rocks, sediments, microfossils, tectonic principles, and the geophysical properties of rock, sediment, and water to examine time and change in the marine environment. Applies global processes to local settings.
-Understand and describe the processes that govern ocean basin formation
-Understand and differentiate the major types of marine sediments
-Understand the concept of geologic time
-Understand the physical and biological controls on geochemical cycling of elements in the marine environment
-Describe Otago's coastal sediments and explain the processes that govern regional sediment distribution
-Apply methods for marine geophysical data collection and marine geological sampling
-Critically evaluate scientific journal articles from the marine geoscience literature
-Collect, assess, synthesise and present data in writing, tables and figures
The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution (online access through Otago University Libraries)
The Sea Floor: An Introduction to Marine Geology (online access through Otago University Libraries)
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