Environmental Geology Lecture - Introductory comments.

Harmon D. Maher Jr.

Geology - study of the earth from the soil down. Its a lot more than identifying minerals and rocks.

What are some components that can be included in a definition of environmental geology? (An answer)

What do you want to know? (In class writing exercise)

Environmental geology in the news.

Course goals - what can be gained from this course? Possibilities.

Course mechanics.

Since we are using scientific knowledge in human affairs it is important to understand the nature of that knowledge. Two questions may help.

A major challenge - how do we understand complex natural systems such as a river system, or a sandy coast line? Possibilities.

Some cycles/systems:

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