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GEOL 245: “When the Earth Shook…” Earthquakes in Human History and Lab

Earthquakes (and associated tsunamis) are complex, fascinating geological events, and they often have profound and devastating effects on human societies. In this course, we will explore the changing human understandings of earthquakes and their geological mechanisms from antiquity to the present; the development of techniques for understanding them; and the ways in which societies prepare for and respond to life in seismically active zones of the world. Case studies will form an important element of the course and students will pursue research using scientific and humanistic sources to understand earthquakes in all their dimensions. There is a required lab. Prerequisite: 100 level Geology course or prior History course
6 credits; LS, QRE, IS, WR2; Not offered 2021-2022