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The Players: Ellie Boyce ‘03 Jon Allen ‘03 Amy Lansdale ‘03 Rob Selover ‘04 Justin Ossolinski ‘03 Siccar Point, Scotland GEOLOGY 12 WEEKS OF LOOKING AT ROCKS That’s what you signed up for, right? NO! So what are we going to look at? Geology is not simply the study of rocks Geology: A scientific study of the Earth’s processes and materials Origin of the Earth Earth Materials Atoms and molecules Rocks Continents Minerals Geologic Processes Rivers Caves Volcanoes Geologic Processes Earthquakes Geologic Processes Atmospheric Studies Floods Fossils Everything we use comes from the Earth Particularly in the form of natural resources Most provided through geologic knowledge Construction - cement, concrete and asphalt Fuel, light and heat - oil, gas and coal Water Prediction and avoidance of hazards, earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, landslides, erosion Earth Science Literacy Initiative http://www.earthscienceliteracy.org/ Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Earth scientists use repeatable observations and testable ideas to understand and explain our planet Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Earth is 4.6 billion years old Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Earth is a complex system of interacting rock, water, air, and life Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Earth is continuously changing Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Earth is the water planet Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Life evolves on a dynamic Earth and continuously modifies Earth Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Humans depend on Earth for resources Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Natural hazards pose risks to humans Earth Science Literacy Principles BIG IDEA Humans significantly alter the Earth Civilization exists by geologic consent, subject to change without notice - Will Durant
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