CM173. Earth Process and Evolutionary History
(Same as Ecology and Evolutionary Biology CM173.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; laboratory, two hours. Enforced requisites: Chemistry 14A, 14B (or 20A, 20B), Life Sciences 1, 2, 3, 4. Recommended: one course from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences M100, 101, 102, 103, M105, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 109, 116, 120, 121, 122, M131, 135, 142, 152, 154, Geography 100, 101, or 103. Exploration of relationship between physical processes affecting surface of Earth, such as tectonics and climate, and biological evolution. Geologic history of Earth from its formation and history of scientific advancement. Changes through time in Earth/atmosphere/ocean system discussed in terms of their effects on biological process and biodiversity. Climate issues considered in this historical context of global process. Modern anthropogenic climate change placed in context of geologic record of climate change. Concurrently scheduled with course CM273. P/NP or letter grading.