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January 11, 2011
Syllabus, Course Introduction
This is a brief overview of the learning objectives for the topics we will discuss in class today or that you have read in
preparation for class. Use this as a guideline for your written notes or as a st
Christine V. McLelland
GSA Distinguished Earth Science Educator
Reviewers and Contributors:
Gary B. Lewis
Director, Education and Outreach,
Geological Society of America
Contributing GSA Education
Rob Van der Voo
Plate tectonics: global dynamics having to do with the movement of a small number of seismic
sections of Earths crust, with seismic activity and volcanism occurring primarily at the margins
of these sections. This movement has resulted in chan
The Nature of Science and the Scientific Method
Good science is based on information that can be measured or seen and verified by other
The scientific method is a way of learning or a process of using comparative critical thinking.