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Unformatted text preview: ES-142 Introduction to Beach and Shoreline ProcessesSpring 2008Instructor: Professor FitzGeraldDept. of Earth ScienceOffice: B-41, Stone ScienceTelephone: 617-353-2530, email: [email protected] Hrs: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm most anytime I'm there (and I'm there most of the time).You may also make an appointment with me by phone, email, or after class.Course Texts:1) Beaches and Coasts, by Richard A. Davis, Jr. and Duncan M. FitzGerald2) Course reading material packet (please bring to class every day)Course Grading:Your grade for the course is based on four exams, three exams given during the semester and the final exam:•Three Exams:Test dates tentatively scheduled on: Feb 21st, Apr 3rd, May 1st(these dates subject to change)•Final Exam:Friday 9-11 am, 9thMayEach exam is worth 331/3 points. I count your highest three exam grades, including the final exam. I drop your lowest exam grade. Hourly exams are given roughly every four to five weeks. The exams include short answer questions, short essays, diagram drawing and discussion, matching and multiple-choice questions. Make-up exams are given only under extraordinary circumstances.Readings Readingsare assigned weekly. The exams cover reading assignments from the text and in the course material packet, as well as from movies, Power Points, and other class materials. Topics discussed in class are not necessarily covered in the reading assignments, and therefore attendancein class is mandatory.Optional Field Trip:An optional field trip will be taken to Cape Cod on 26 April 2008 (subject to change). The trip is the culmination of everything you learn in the classroom applied to the real world setting. Seven stops are chosen to illustrate particular coastal features and processes that have formed and are modifying various coastal environments. The stops include: Fourth Cliff drumlin and Humarock Beach, glacial cliffs at Stage Point, Sandy Neck spit and Barnstable marsh system, First Encounter Beach and tidal flats, Pamet River Inlet and jetty system, Provincetown parabolic dune fields, Chatham Light and New Inlet. I strongly urge you to go. We have a swell time!Class ParticipationQuestions and comments are welcomed and encouraged during class. Even though it is a large class, we discuss some controversial subjects, such as should one be allowed to protect their coastal dwellings from storms and erosion and what role government has in protecting beaches and barriers. We also talk about rising sea level and its effects on coastal environments....
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- Spring '08
- Sediment, sea level, Coast, Coastal geography, Tide