EESC W4920x. Paleoceanography. 3 pts.
The world's oceans are continually changing and have undergone much larger and more dramatic changes in the geologic past than man has witnessed in the last few millennia. This course examines the ocean's response to external forces, such as changes in the Earth's orbit, and to internal forces, such as the El Niño/La Niña oscillation. In depth analysis of current topics in paleoceanography including sea level, El Niño, Milankovitch Theory, deep ocean circulation changes, surface temperature reconstructions, and the ocean's role in natural variations in atmospheric carbon dioxide.