Although researchers have determined the ages of rocks from other planetary bodies, the actual experiments—like analyzing meteorites and moon rocks—have always been done on Earth.
Although Ge 11 abcd is designed as a sequence, any one term may be taken as a standalone course. A broad introduction to the present state and early history of the solar system, including terrestrial planets, giant planets, moons, asteroids, comets, and rings.
The course is designed to introduce students to research and research opportunities in the division and to help students find faculty sponsors for individual research projects. Systematic introduction to the physical and chemical processes that have shaped Earth as a planet over geological time, and the observable products of these processes - rock materials, minerals, land forms. Banded iron stones, microbial mats, stromatolites, and global glaciation. Numerical calibration of the geological timescale, the Cambrian explosion, mass extinctions, and human evolution.
The course includes an overnight field trip and a weekly laboratory section focused on the identification of rocks and minerals and the interpretation of topographic and geological maps.
The OPA has a large array of light receivers, each of which can individually add a tightly controlled time delay (or phase shift) to the light it receives, enabling the camera to selectively look in different directions and focus on different things.
"Here, like most other things in life, timing is everything.