Glaciation has strongly shaped the New England landscape and blanketed it with diverse sediments that influence its hydrology, biology, and human development. The ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, themselves of significant societal concern, are remnants of ice sheets that formerly covered 30% of the earth's land surface. The course will introduce glaciers and the processes and products of glacier and cold-region erosion and deposition. The course will emphasize the development, form, and properties of New England glacial sediments but cover the global record. The glacial-geologic methods learned will be applied to on-going investigations of glacier and climate history around the planet.
*All course information is from the 2012-2013 Catalog.