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...my soul is full of longing
for the secrets of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Syllabis: ENV 386 (Special Studies in Oceanography), Spring, 2014:
Lecture: MW 3:30-4:45. Folsom 302

Text: books provided by Kevin

Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsum, hours: most MWF 10:00-10:45 and many other times)

office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766
email: kevin.mccartney@umpi.edu


Grading

No make-up exams unless a valid excuse is given before the missed test.
Oceanography (weighting of tests still undetermined) grades
Test I 120 pnts A = 90% (495 pnts)
Test 2 120 pnts B = 80% (440 pnts)
Test 3 120 pnts C = 70% (385 pnts)
Final 120 pnts D = 60% (330 pnts)
2 Topic Summaries with at least four references
25 pnts each
50 pnts
University
Day
presentation
20 pnts
Total 500 pnts F = below 60% (330 pnts)

A steady improvement in test scores may be used in revising grade upwards. Otherwise, grades will not be curved. Attendance can be taken into account in the case of borderline grades.

Course Objectives


Below is a tentative schedule of Oceanography
(Spring, 2014)

Click lecture for day´s quote
http://www.naturalnavigator.com/find-your-way-using/sun http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/shackleton/ http://article.wn.com/view/2014/02/10/Mermaids_The_Body_Found_documentary_on_Animal_Planet_explore/
Assignments should be read before class.
# date lecture subject reading (Pinet)
or equivalent
from other text
web article to read
1-1 1/22 Introduction, What is Oceanography? return to Antikathera
1-2 1/27 Early exploration and navigation 1:4-24 Find your way using the Sun
1-3 1/29 Ocean study as a developing science 1:4-24 Shackelton's expedition
1-4 2/3 Plate Tectonics Geo time in grand canyon
1-5 2/5 Properties of Water 1:24-25, 2:46-48, 4:98-99
1-6 2/10 Heat Capacity p. 556 (Appendix III)
1-7 2/12 Motion in the Oceans (Moceans?) rubber duckies
2/15 PLANET HEAD DAY
(click for 2010 youtube video)
2/17-21
V A C A T I O N !
1-8 2/24 Life in the oceans
1-9 2/26 Test 1
2-1 3/3 Earth's Crust and Isostacy
2-2 3/5 Bathymetry and deep ocean
(microorganism skeletons)
4/8 Topic Summary 1 due
2-3 3/10 Sediment sampling
2-4 3/12 Shelf sediments
2-5 3/17 The mythology of oceans 5:137-179 Animal Planet mermaids
2-6 3/19 Waves and Tides 5:137-179
2-7 3/24 Coastal Processes
2-8 3/26 Test 2
3/31-4/4
V A C A T I O N
(some of us are in northern Arizona?)
4/4 Geological Society of Maine meeting, Bowdoin
3-1 4/7 Reefs
4/8 Topic Summary 2 due
3-2 4/9 Deltas 7:235-260
3-3 4/14 Lagoons and Estuaries
4/15? practice presentations
of U-day talk?
3-4 4/16 University Day
3-5 4/21 Interpretation of geologic time
3-6 4/23 Geologic Change
3-7 4/28 Mineral and Energy Resources
3-8 4/30 Test 3
4-1 3/29 Ocean Influences on Atmosphere and Biospheres
4-2 5/7 The Future?

Final Exam: Wednesday May 14, 3:15-5:15


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