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Geology

Geology is the science that studies the Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they are produced and changed. It explains the natural history of the Earth as well as provides useful tools for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration as well as for understanding natural hazards and environmental issues.

At John Abbott College, Geology offers Science Option courses in the Natural Sciences program.

Geology Courses at John Abbott College

Earth Systems Science (205-DDP-AB)

You probably already know that a feedback occurs when a guitar gets too close to an amp, but did you know that feedbacks also occur in Earth Systems? The geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere on Earth are functioning systems in and of themselves that also interact in complex ways with each other, creating the weather, rocks, ecosystems and climate. What happens when humans tinker with complex Earth systems that have been in place for millions of years? Learn the science behind the climate change headlines and examine the evidence for potential significant change in our lifetimes from a global geo-historic perspective.

Understanding Planet Earth ( 205-DDM-AB)

Have you ever wondered why volcanoes erupt in Hawaii, but not in Quebec? Did you know that Montreal is moving away from Paris at about the same rate that your fingernails grow? Why are mountain chains where they are? What makes earthquakes tick? Follow the history of Earth from magma ocean to giant iceball; through super-continents and mountain-building episodes to ancient seas; from recent glaciation to modern-day global warming. Learn how geoscientists uncover Earth's 4- billion-year-story and decipher the deep-Earth and surface processes that continue to shape our home: it's all in the rocks.

Introduction to Oceanography (205-DDN-AB)

Oceanography is truly an interdisciplinary science incorporating aspects of geology, chemistry, physics, and biology to study the present and past of the world ocean. Learn about the generation of tsunamis and tidal waves (not the same thing!), beaches and tides, surface ocean currents and global thermohaline ocean circulation. Learn why oceans exist in the first place, how their shapes are constantly changing, and explore the chemosynthetic communities of organisms that live at the birthplaces of oceans. Human impact on the oceans and the potential resulting climate changes will also be explore.