2 Credits — Spring 2011
Lecture: T 1:10-3:00 — 3001 ESB
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or instructor’s consent. Generally, the prerequisite is GEOL 4880 or GEOG 3010 or GEOL 2150, plus MATH 2210, PHYS 1210, & CHEM 1020.
Course Overview: Explores methods for quantifying rates and timescales of surface processes. Focuses on systematics of cosmogenic isotope accumulation and decay during exposure, erosion and burial or rock, soil and sediment at (or near) Earth’s surface. Course also considers applications of (i) detrital thermochronology for tracing rates of surface processes, (ii) U-series disequilibrium dating of weathering timescales, and (iii) optically stimulated luminescence in surface exposure studies.
Objectives/Outcomes/Standards: Students will hone quantitative problem solving skills and develop a body of knowledge that is both broad and deep in quantifying rates of surface processes over a range of timescales. This course features a mix of traditional, instructor-driven lectures (on fundamentals) and student-driven discussion (of literature from classic and cutting-edge research).
- Cosmogenic Nuclides: Principles, Concepts and Applications in the Earth Surface Sciences, Dunai, T. J., 2010, Cambridge University Press, 198 pp. ($60.00 hardcopy | $48.00 eBook).
- Research articles and review papers from selected journals and books
Course Information:This course is appropriate for graduate and upper-division undergraduate students seeking a quantitative understanding of how landscapes are shaped over time by surface processes.