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Class Notes for Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences at North Carolina State University

MEA 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Paleomagnetism, Rodinia, Lithosphere

Module 1 review:  Hypothesis​ ​- a testable explanation or interpretation that can be verified or falsified  Theory​ ​- rigorously tested, strongly supported explanation for how or why a  phenomenon occurs  Law​ - explain...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 101
Rachel Marie Atkins
MEA 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Feldspar

Elements vs. Minerals vs. Rocks   Elements  ● Atoms  Minerals  ● Composed of one or more elements  ● Naturally occurring, inorganic solid made up of one or more elements  ● Has a definite chemical com...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 101
Rachel Marie Atkins
MEA 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Unconformity

MODULE 5    ● The oldest rock is located at the bottom    Stratigraphic (relative) Dating:  Basic Principles   ● Principle of original horizontality  ○ Rock layers are distributed horizontally  ...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 101
Rachel Marie Atkins
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Boulders Beach, Southern Australia, Mollusca

L20. Coastal Environments & Coastal Processes Characteristics of Coastal Waters ● Coastal Waters ○ Relatively shallow ○ Adjoin continents or islands to edge of continental shelf ○ I...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 21: Thermal Expansion, Coastal Erosion, Surf Zone

L21. Coastal Processes, Erosion and Sea Level Sand Movement Along Beach ● Perpendicular to shoreline (toward and away) ○ Swash – water rushes up the beach ○ Backwash – water drains back to the...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 22: Dispersant, Joseph Hazelwood, Bligh Reef

L22. Marine Pollution ● Pollution– the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects. ● Marine Pollution occurs when harmful effects res...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 23: Milankovitch Cycles, Eugenius Warming, Kyoto Protocol

L.23 Ocean and Climate Change Earth’s Climate System ● Climate – long term atmospheric conditions in a region ● Earth’s climate includes interactions of: ○ Atmosphere - air ○ Hydrosphere ...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Carl Linnaeus, Protist, Monera

L15. Life in the Ocean Classification of Life Living things can Capture, store, and transmit energy Reproduce Adapt to environment Change over time Taxonomic Classification Carolus Linnaeus 1758 Developed basis of modern c...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: Neuse River, Pfiesteria, Atlantic Menhaden

L16. Primary Production Photosynthesis ● Rate at which energy is stored in organic matter ○ Photosynthesis uses solar radiation. ○ Chemosynthesis uses chemical reactions. ● 99.9% of the ...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Biocoenosis, Dugong, Chemosynthesis

L17. Food Webs Energy Flow in Marine Systems ● Biotic community – assemblage of organisms in definable area ● Lifestyle – where the biotic community primarily exists. ● Ecosystem – biotic community plus en...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Thermal Pollution, Eutrophication, Cape Lookout National Seashore

L18. (B) Marine Fisheries Fisheries Management ● Fisheries management draws on fisheries science in order to find ways to protect fishery resources so sustainable exploitation is possible. ● Fisheries M...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 18: Monofilament Fishing Line, Dredging, Twine

L18. (A) Marine Fisheries What is a Fishery? ● Really three parts ○ The resource ○ The habitat ○ The people = involved Most fish are harvested within 200 miles of shore ● Upwe...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture 19: L19. Living on the Ocean Floor & Benthic Communities

L19. Living on the Ocean Floor Benthic Communities Distribution of Benthic Organisms Benthic = anything on the bottom More than 98 of 250,000 known marine species live in or on ocean floor Benthic organisms live mainly on...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: Pycnocline, Air Interface, Wind Wave

How are waves generated? ● Disturbing force causes waves to form ● Wind blowing across ocean surface ● Interface of fluids with different densities ○ Air – ocean interface ■ Ocean ...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen
MEA 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Radiant Energy, Northern Hemisphere, Convection Cell

L8. Air & Seawater Interactions Earth Energy Budget - ● Insolation - the solar radiation that reaches the earth's surface ○ measured by the amount of solar energy received per square centimeter per ...

Marine, Earth, and Atomspheric Sciences
MEA 200
Wiggen

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