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Title: Why Earth Science?


1
Why Earth Science?
  • Nearly everything we do is connected to the
    Earth its land, soil, rocks, minerals,
    atmosphere, oceans, plants and animals.

2
Why Earth Science?
  • Discovery

How did the dinosaur footprints get there ?
3
Why Earth Science?
  • To understand and appreciate our complex planet.
  • To maintain wise stewardship of Earths
    resources.
  • To sustain and improve the quality of life.

4
Why Earth Science?
  • ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Muds provide mechanisms for natural
remediation of pollutants.
5
Why Earth Science?
  • Everyone benefits from wise management of natural
    resources
  • Minimize destruction by natural hazards
    hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and
    floods.

6
Why Earth Science?
  • ENGINEERING

Restoration of eroded beach at Grand Isle.
7
Why Earth Science?
  • Empowers us to think globally and act locally.
  • Basic input to debates about issues affecting our
    lives - clean water, urban planning, global
    climate change, production of non-renewable
    resources.

8
Why Earth Science?
  • Travel

Attend lectures where there are rocks.
9
Why Earth Science?
  • Answers many questions
  • Why are earthquakes more common in California
    than in Louisiana?
  • Why are beaches so prone to erosion?
  • How will we get gasoline and oil for our cars?

10
Why Earth Science?
  • Ecology/Environment.

Use the modern to study past climate change.
11
Why Earth Science?
  • Improves our ability to predict future events.
  • Offers many challenges in preparing our
    environment to sustain 8,000,000,000 people by
    2025.

12
Why Earth Science?
  • Astrophysics and Biology

Asteroid impacts have influenced the evolution of
life. When is the next?
13
Why Earth Science?
  • Its fun and personally rewarding!!!

14
Why Earth Science?
Starting salaries are excellent.
  • B.S 30,000.
  • M.S. 60,000 plus.

15
Why Earth Science?
  • Travel

Badlands of SD by field trip caravan.
16
Why Earth Science?
  • Something in geology and geophysics for everyone
    !
  • Study areas appeal to persons with interests in
    biology, chemistry, physics, environmental
    science, mathematics, engineering, computer
    science, history, or political science.
  • Earth science educators in demand.

17
Why Earth Science?
  • APPLIED PHYSICS

Sound waves reveal features below the ground.
18
Why Earth Science?
  • History

Read 1,000,000 000 years of Earth history in the
Grand Canyon.
19
Why Earth Science?
  • Special Opportunities

Summer intro-course in the Rockies for
pre- Freshmen.
20
Why Earth Science?
  • Special Opportunities

Summer Course for geoscience majors.
21
Why Earth Science?
  • FOR MORE INFO CONTACT
  • William Blanford blanford_at_geol.lsu.edu
  • Ray Ferrell rferrell_at_lsu.edu
  • Marty Horn horn_at_geol.lsu.edu
  • Juan Lorenzo juan_at_geol.lsu.edu
  • Laurie Anderson laurie_at_geol.lsu.edu
  • or call 225-578-3353
  • LSU Department of Geology Geophysics
  • Baton Rouge, LA 70803
  • http//www.geol.lsu.edu
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