Introduction to Oceanography (section 2)

2050-502:
Discipline: Environmental Science
Instructor: Sobey
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 1 | Mauritius Download Syllabus

This class is your invitation to learn about 70% of the earth’s surface and how many of the great issues humans face depend on the seas. We will focus initially on what you can see from the deck of the M/V Explorer and in each port, and will expand our discussions to include why the Hawaiian Islands are where they are; where you can expect to see migrating whales; and how corals create some of the most spectacular and productive ecosystems in the world. Understanding how the oceans work is critical to addressing the human problems of food, energy, climate, and natural disasters from tsunamis to hurricanes to rogue waves.

Field Work

Country: Mauritius
Day: 1

We paddle kayaks through the mangrove forests to see one of the most important and endangered eco-types. These amazing trees are the cornerstone of this high productive environment. Then we get in the water to see what lurks amongst the prop roots and open water. Later we will dive on a coral reef to enjoy the bright colors, odd shapes, and constant action of the coral reef.