Earth and Planetary Science 24, Section 1
4.5 Billion Years of Natural Disasters: A History of the Earth (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Daniel Stolper
Thursday 11:00-12:00, 55A McCone Hall, Class number: 22687
Earth's history is fraught with disasters massive in scale, from the giant impact that created the moon and melted the earth in the process to runaway glaciations that froze the Earth from equator to pole. These disasters have left their mark in the rock record and, in many cases, changed life as we know it. In this seminar, we will take a tour of Earth's history over the past 4.5 billion years, stopping to learn about the key events that made Earth the way it is today. Topics will range range from mass extinctions to the rise of atmospheric oxygen. This course will involve close reading and discussion of primary papers each week.