University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

GEOLOGY 3505 - Earth Systems History III

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 6 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: GEOLOGY 2500 or GEOLOGY 2505
Incompatible: GEOLOGY 3014
Assessment: In-class tests; Assignments

This course studies the fundamental geological and biological processes comprising the Earth System. It focuses on the interactions between the biosphere and the geosphere as the Earth System evolved, and on how those processes can be deciphered through the analysis and interpretation of sedimentary archives. The course will highlight the approaches used to interpret those archives, particularly the geochemical and physical techniques used to quantitatively constrain past climate and biogeochemical cycles, and those used to determine the age and rate of sedimentary deposits. The application of these techniques will be illustrated alongside a narrative of some of the key transitions in Earth's history, including the origins of the atmosphere, ocean and life, carbon cycle fluctuations through time, the expansion and demise of global ice ages and the role of humans in the modern Earth system. With a strong focus upon critical analysis and debate, the course will provide a scientific grounding relevant to a variety of contemporary issues, including resources, climate change and sustainability.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 05/08/2024 Wed 14/08/2024 Fri 13/09/2024 Fri 25/10/2024

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
25193 WR01 50 3 22 Jul - 9 Sep Monday 10am - 5pm Mawson, G12, Computer Suite
22 Jul - 9 Sep Monday 10am - 5pm Mawson, 134, Sprigg Room
30 Sep - 21 Oct Monday 10am - 5pm Mawson, G12, Computer Suite
30 Sep - 21 Oct Monday 10am - 5pm Mawson, 134, Sprigg Room