GSCI 7054T The Ocean System

45 hours asynchronous online instruction; 3 credits

The ocean system. Interaction between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere. Properties of the water molecule; action of waves, wind, and density variations; deep-sea and surface currents and implications for Earth's climate and local weather. Influence of symbiotic relationships and biological adaptations on ocean dynamics. Characteristics of marine organisms. Origin and diversification of life across a variety of ecosystems. Ocean habitats: coral reefs, mangrove forests, tidal zones and deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Profiles of oceanographers and emerging technologies such as ocean-going robots and core-drilling. Offered in collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History Seminars on Science. Asynchronous online.


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