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    James Madison University
   
 
  Jan 23, 2018
 
 
    
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

GEOL 115. Earth Systems and Climate Change


3.00
This course explores cycles, trends and abrupt events in the Earth system. Analyses of the geologic record and global climate models provide perspective for understanding paleoclimate and future climate changes, including global warning. Current hypotheses for causes of climate change are evaluated, including plate tectonics, orbital cyclicity, variations in the sun's strength and human activities. The two reoccurring questions of this class are: What are Earth's climate stories? How do we know?