Martian rocks: the geological history of the Red Planet

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CQX303 Introduction to the geology of Mars

From ancient river channels to volcanoes to wind-carved rocks, the surface of Mars displays a wide array of geologic features. These in turn tell us about the history of the Red Planet. This 4-session class starts with a general overview of martian geology, then delves into the four dominant processes that have shaped the surface of Mars: Wind, water, volcanism, and impacts from meteorites. We will also look at some examples of similar features on Earth as analogues.

Some basic knowledge of geology may be helpful, but isn’t absolutely necessary.

This class counts as 300 points towards Certificate A (Astronomy From the Ground Up) and Certificate B (Planets and Planetary Science). Click here for more information on CosmoAcademy Certificates. See our Frequently-Asked Questions page for answers to questions we get a lot.

Instructor: Tanya Harrison

Class status: OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!

Meeting times: Wednesdays, 8-9 PM US Eastern time (5-6 PM US Pacific time)

Course dates:

  1. Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017
  2. Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017
  3. Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017
  4. Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

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CQX303 Introduction to the geology of Mars

A Martian "spoon", actually a tiny natural rock formation, shaped by geological forces. [Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS]

A Martian “spoon”, actually a tiny natural rock formation, shaped by geological forces. [Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS]

From ancient river channels to volcanoes to wind-carved rocks, the surface of Mars displays a wide array of geologic features. These in turn tell us about the history of the Red Planet. This 4-session class starts with a general overview of martian geology, then delves into the four dominant processes that have shaped the surface of Mars: Wind, water, volcanism, and impacts from meteorites. We will also look at some examples of similar features on Earth as analogues.

Some basic knowledge of geology may be helpful, but isn’t absolutely necessary.

This class counts as 300 points towards Certificate A (Astronomy From the Ground Up) and Certificate B (Planets and Planetary Science). Click here for more information on CosmoAcademy Certificates. See our Frequently-Asked Questions page for answers to questions we get a lot.

Instructor: Tanya Harrison

Class status: OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!

Meeting times: Wednesdays, 8-9 PM US Eastern time (5-6 PM US Pacific time)

Course dates:

  1. Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017
  2. Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017
  3. Wednesday, Mar. 15, 2017
  4. Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

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