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About: The Dynamic Earth: EESC 1010

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to Earth science; NYC-focused, thematic examples of interaction between Earth’s spheres, including plate tectonics; deep time; Earth materials and processes as resources and hazards; human interactions with the Earth system.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Students mastering the material of this class will be able to do the following: (1) understand and define terminology commonly used in earth science; (2) briefly summarize and describe Earth’s systems; (3) students will be able to list and understand interactions among Earth’s systems(4) students will be able to read, critically evaluate presented information and data using scientific principles and concepts, synthesize popular media reports/articles discussing earth science, and verbally discuss and defend their positions on scientific issues; and (5) apply learned information to postulated earth science scenarios to predict potential outcomes.

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link to Azurite on Wikimedia Commons


Locality: Zelidja Mine (Zellidja Mine),Touissit, Touissit District, Oujda-Angad ProvinceOriental Region, Morocco

Size : 6,6x3,8cm

Obsidian rocks, Lipari, Aeolian Islands

by Michael Grund, Geophysical Institute, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany

Impressive obsidian (volcanic glass) rocks at Lipari - one of the Aeolian Islands in the Mediterranean Sea.

Taken on 28 August 2013
Submitted on 18 September 2019

Sphalerite's "Transformer"

by Dmitry Tonkacheev, IGEM RAS, Moscow, Russian Federation

Presented intergrowths of the infinite number of dark-brown sphalerite's and arborescent crystals of gold were synthesized using gas transport method at 850 centigrade degrees during 20 days.

Taken on 6 July 2015
Submitted on 23 February 2016

Finalist in the EGU Photo Competition 2016


FO: Touissit (Marokko) Sammlung: terra mineralia (Freiberg)

link to Wikimedia commons page


 Beryl (Var.: Emerald)

Locality: Carnaiba Mine, Pindobaçu, Campo Formoso District, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil (Locality at

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