Earth Surface Processes in the Critical Zone

Course Description

Rapid changes at Earth's surface, largely in response to human activity, have led to the realization that fundamental questions remain to be answered regarding the natural functioning of the Critical Zone, the thin veneer at Earth's surface where the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere interact. EARTH 530 will introduce you to the basics necessary for understanding Earth surface processes in the Critical Zone through an integration of various scientific disciplines. Those who successfully complete EARTH 530 will be able to apply their knowledge of fundamental concepts of Earth surface processes to understanding outstanding fundamental questions in Critical Zone science and how their lives are intimately linked to Critical Zone health.

This course is part of the following program: Master of Education in Earth Sciences.

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Tim White

I am Dr. Tim White and I am a Senior Research Associate in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Geosciences at Penn StateOs University Park (main) campus in central PA. Please address me as Tim. I was born in Allentown, PA, but spent the first six years of my life bouncing between naval bases with a father in the Navy before we returned to Allentown. I completed my undergraduate degree in geology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, and an MS in geology at Penn State in 1989. Subsequently, I spent 4 years working in the environmental-hydrogeologic consulting industry. In 1993, I returned to Penn State to pursue a Ph.D. in geosciences.

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