Course code:

ES3068

Level:

M - Intermediate

Billions of years ago, ancient water molecules traversed a Goldilocks-like walk through our slowly condensing solar system, looking for a home.

Mercury and Venus were much too hot. Mars and the outer planets were much too cold. Earth seemed ‘just right.’ With conditions capable of sustaining all of water’s phases, Earth became the ‘water planet.’

The solid surface of the earth became sculpted by water. The composition and temperature of the earth’s atmosphere became largely determined by its water. All life (that we know) came to be based upon water. It is within the water of its cells that the machinery of life grinds away, and it is into water that life disposes of what it finds un-useful.

Many life-forms live their entire existence bathed in water as we are bathed in air, and even we who live surrounded by air require more water every day than any other foodstuff. As such, it is appropriate to look at how our water is doing these days. Students will be evaluated on their participation in class discussion of the readings, problem sets, and participation in field studies of focused on monitoring and modeling the conditions of local waters.

 

Prerequisites:

None

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