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Oc 103 - Exploring The Deep: Geography Of The World's Oceans

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OSU Extended Campus OC103 Exploring the Deep Lesson 1 Introduction Welcome to the Oregon State University s Extended Campus version of Exploring the Deep Geography of the World s Oceans In this course we will cover many of the scientific concepts that explain observations about our oceans how and why they formed where they did why they are salty why there are waves how life exists in the oceans and how humans are influenced by and exert influence on the oceans This should be a fun and interesting course especially if you like to look at or have fun in the ocean Who am I My name is Randy Keller I am an Associate Professor and Instructor in the College of Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University I grew up in Miami and spent a lot of time near the ocean When I moved to Oregon to go to graduate school I continued my interest in the ocean by studying Marine Geology I now do research on Volcanoes both underwater and on land both ancient and active around the North Pacific Ocean and Antarctica such as Penguin Island a volcano In Antarctica shown in the photo at right and teach oceanography and geology classes I came to OSU because it is a great place to study the oceans Scientists here have national and international reputations and we consistently rank in the top 5 oceanographic institutions in the country What this means for this class is that we have access to some amazing material from the many aspects of oceanographic research done by scientists at OSU Oregon State University also has a strong outreach mission and participates in many programs that promote interest and education about the ocean One example is Oregon Sea Grant http seagrant oregonstate edu which is a research education and public outreach program that helps people understand responsibly use and conserve ocean and coastal resources Why What Why Study the Ocean Major influence on weather and climate Source of food energy medical drugs Dangerous tsunami and storm waves occur



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