Oceanography will provide an introductory examination of the Earth’s oceans from physical and marine geologic perspectives. Through class presentations, lectures, discussions, lab exercises, and field experiences we will ponder the geologic origin of the oceans and familiarize ourselves with global geography. With an eye towards understanding the oceanic realm and the dominant role it plays in regulating global climate, we will study the physical and chemical properties of seawater and the techniques for measuring these properties. We will examine global oceanic circulation patterns and the causes of currents, waves, tides, and upwelling. The preceding topics will be examined globally and examples from the sea around us and field sites at various ports of call will be used extensively to provide students with a first-hand understanding of this important discipline.
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