Prerequisites: 42:160 or 42:162 or 42:163 or permission of Instructor.

Plate tectonics explains many global features of the Earth as diverse as the origin of continents, mountains, ocean basins and island arcs, the distribution and origin of major rock types, biological distribution, and the dynamics and structure of the Earth's interior. Geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, paleontonlogy and paleomagnetism contribute to our understanding of global tectonics in time and space.

3 lecture hours per week, one term

Successors: 42:370.

Transfer Equivalents: Look up 42:266 in the BU Course Transfer Database.