Earth Systems

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Teacher: David Cain
Date/Time: Monday - 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Science
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)


Earth Systems is designed to help students investigate the connections among Earth's systems through Earth history.  To do so, students will investigate individual components of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, their interactions with each other and the biosphere focusing on what is scientifically observable and testable. In addition, we will investigate Earth's place in our solar system and the greater universe. How the various components came to be and how they have interacted over time, however, is up to interpretation based upon one's philosophical world view.  We will explore fundamental ideas used to explain phenomena fundamental to sciences of geology and physical geography, early history of the Earth, plate tectonics, landform development, the Earth's geologic record, weather and climate, and the history of life on Earth, from both materialistic uniformitarianism and biblical catastrophism.  The course will include print, video and lab resources.