Summer 2024

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PLANETSCI 9605: Planetary Surface Processes Field School

Intructor: Gordon "Oz" Osinski BGS 1050

DatesField Course to Arizona, Utah & Nevada May 5 - 17, 2024Note: a 3-hour introductory lecture will be held in January 2022 (date to be decided upon in discussion with registered students) and one of the main assignments (see below) must be completed prior to the field school.

The principal objective of this course is to provide participants with an interdisciplinary field studies experience with an emphasis on comparative planetology through the study of terrestrial analogues. Students will learn the following skills: 1) the synthesis, understanding and presentation of "state of the art" knowledge on planetary surface processes; 2) an ability to draw together information from a wide variety of subject areas in planetary sciences to address issues relevant to the discipline; and 3) field training in the recognition and mapping of various different rock types and of the relationships between them. At the end of the course, students will be able to: 1) assimilate information and data from a wide range of planetary science disciplines (astronomy, geochemistry, geography, geology, geophysics, and physics); 2) understand how complex problems in planetary sciences are tackled by scientists and determine the present flaws in our understandings; 3) prepare field guides on relevant topics; and 4) generate simple interpretive geological maps of planetary bodies.

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