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  • The Principle of Isostasy

    The Principle of Isostasy

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    (2 min 39 sec) Continents rose in elevation after ice sheets from the last ice age retreated. This suggested that the underlying mantle is pliable.

  • Earth's Climate: Back to the Future

    Earth's Climate: Back to the Future

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    (1 hr 27 min 59 sec) Earth has been both cooler and warmer in the past, but the change is usually gradual. The current rate of carbon dioxide increase is unprecedented in human history, and solutions to mitigate its effect on global warming are challenging to implement.

  • Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Changing Planet: Past, Present, Future

    Lecture

    Has Earth changed over deep time? How did Earth shape life and life shape Earth? What does Earth's climate in the distant past tell us about the future?

  • Stratigraphic Principles

    Stratigraphic Principles

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    (2 min 21 sec) Dr. John Shea demonstrates the two main principles in the study of rock layers: superposition and association.

  • Rift Valleys of Africa and Plate Tectonics

    Rift Valleys of Africa and Plate Tectonics

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    (2 min 14 sec) African rift valleys were formed by the separation of tectonic plates. Water flows down to the valley floors, creating rivers and lakes.