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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.753 (Spring 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Geodynamics Seminar 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Laurent Montesi
    Prof. Glenn Gaetani

  • Course Introduction:

  • 12.753 Geodynamics Seminar

    Spring 2005

    Course Highlights

    This course features an extensive reading list and an image gallery of the class field trip to Ontario.

    Course Description

    In this year's seminar, we will embark on a scientific journey through some of the most controversial topics about the origin and formation of our home planet. This journey will take us to other planetary bodies - even to other solar systems - as we immerse ourselves in observations and theories from the microscopic to the universe scale.

    The seminar will be organized around three broad questions: How was the Earth formed? What did early Earth look like? When did living organisms first appear on Earth?

    Experts in meteorites, geology of other planets, thermodynamics and tracers of living organisms, and theories of formation and evolution of planets, including early atmosphere and oceans, will come to WHOI and help us address these questions.

    Special Features


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