Thematic Sequences

The Geology Department offers three thematic sequences; Oceanography (TGLG-1), The Water Planet (TGLG-2), and Plate Tectonics (TGLG-3). Please contact Todd Dupont at 513-529-9734 or via email at dupontt@miamioh.edu to enroll or to get more information.

Oceanography, TGLG-1

This sequence provides an appreciation of the critical importance of the oceans to the functioning of our planet. Oceans dominate the surface area of the earth, and they are critical to the maintenance of a habitable planet. This sequence examines what we know about the oceans and how the oceans are an integral part of the Earth's ecology. 

GLG 413 is taught as a two-week field course during the summer in the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean. This course requires summer registration of 5 credit hours and a travel/housing meal surcharge of approximately $600. GLG 413 is generally offered every summer.

The Water Planet, TGLG-2

This thematic sequence provides an introduction to the essential role water plays on Earth with respect to other Earth systems and in supporting life on Earth. The origin of water is examined along with water’s physical and chemical characteristics, how they combine to make life possible on the continents and in the oceans, and details concerning the hydrologic cycle. Over 97% of all water on Earth is in the oceans, so freshwater systems are emphasized. This introduces economic, legal and political ramifications of water use in the US and globally and examines in detail freshwater systems including groundwater, surface water or lake ecosystems.

GEO 425 is taught every other year.

Plate Tectonics, TGLG-3

This thematic sequence provides an overview of how plate tectonics shapes the Earth, including the creation of landforms, natural hazards, and economic reservoirs. this thematic sequence examines physical principles underlying movement of Earth’s surface and effects on rock types, chemistry, fabric, and layering. It also provides an opportunity to apply the general knowledge and physical principles from the previous tiers to more complex, real- world situations. These courses illustrate how local studies can provide insight into global processes.

GLG 461 and 467 are taught in alternating Fall semesters.

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