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Oceanography -- An Exploration of What's Beyond the Waves
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Oceanography -- An Exploration of What's Beyond the Waves
We live on the edge of the largest ocean basin on earth.  We enjoy its beauty and many of us have participated in its recreational possibilities or explored its edge or consumed its culinary gifts.  But what do we know of its mysteries, such as why do the basins exist in the first place and how deep are they, or where did all the water come from, or why do we have tides, or how do marine animals live in total darkness in the ocean depths?

This is a DVD course with lectures given by a noted marine geologist who received his doctoral degree at UC Santa Cruz.  The DVD is especially rich in graphics, charts, diagrams and videos to supplement the lectures.

Oceanography is a very broad area of study that involves the application of all the basic fields of science.  Accordingly, this course will describe what geologists, physicists, chemists and biologist have learned, and how they learned it, of the part of our planet that covers over 70% of its surface.

In these first six sessions we will cover a little history of ocean exploration followed by descriptions of the physical layout of the ocean basins and how they were formed, early ocean life, the importance of marine sediments, gas and oil exploration and a start on seawater chemistry.

Gene Kalland, Emeritus Professor of Biology, California State University Dominguez Hills, is as active in retirement as he was during his teaching career.  In addition to serving as DVD Coordinator for the Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast, Gene is a docent at the Coastal Discovery Center at Hearst State Beach, develops educational materials for the Center, writes a Science Corner column, manages the website for Celebrate Los Osos, and is involved in the general beautification of Los Osos.  He served as Director of Curriculum for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Registering for this course by buying a ticket will admit you to all six sessions of this course:

May 21  10am - 12 noon
May 28  10am - 12 noon
June 4  10am - 12 noon
June 11  10am - 12 noon
June 18  10am - 12 noon
June 25  10am - 12 noon
KCBX 4100 Vachell Ln San Luis Obispo

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4100 Vachell Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
United States


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