Fall 2022 Course on Solid Earth at Princeton University

Dec. 16, 2022

Visit this link: https://portal.globalseismology.org/courses/solid-earth-fundamentals

The website above hosts the interactive book, Fundamentals of Solid Earth Science, which offers an introduction to a smorgasbord of introductory topics using the Python programming language. The content is specifically designed for people interested in geoscience education using some of the latest computational tools. This website is part of the software ecosystem called Analysis and Visualization toolkit for plaNetary Inferences (or AVNI), which provides free web-based and backend code access to tools, techniques, models and data related to global solid Earth geosciences.

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What is Solid Earth Science?

This book provides a quantitative introduction to the geosciences, focusing on the physicalchemical, and biological processes that created and continually influence the habitable conditions on our planet. Earth’s biosphere, atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, surface & interior form a coupled system, interacting through processes that operate over a wide range of spatial & temporal scales. Various physical, chemical & biological processes, such as meteorite impacts, glaciation & erosion, erase the geological memory of Earth’s outermost layers. The solid interior, in contrast, harbors the long-term memory of transformations that shape our planet. These include accretion & the evolution of the crust, mantle & core through differentiation, plate tectonics, climate change & anthropogenic forcing. Human interactions with the solid interior include extraction of natural resources and engineering to mitigate the effects of environmental risks and disasters. We will end with the evolution of life and climate, long-term transformations that are either recorded by or have feedbacks with the solid Earth.

Learn to tackle the ‘Big Questions’…

Big questions in solid Earth science