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Environmental Geology builds on brief introductions to environmental principles, plate tectonics and earth materials to understand how humans interact with the Earth. The course explores: geologic hazards created by processes such as volcanism and flooding as well as strategies for managing or mitigating their effects; the formation and distribution of geologic resources—such as water, fossil fuels and minerals—and the constraints their use of place on human societies; and the environmental effects—including global warming—caused by the waste and pollution produced by human activities.

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Environmental Geology (GEOL 1110) is currently offered online using resources posted on this website (syllabus and student scores) and a companion Etudes site (announcements, lessons ("modules"), exercises and quizzes, discussion board and private messages). Information about logging in and accessing materials on Etudes is available on the COS Etudes Student Help page.