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Course Overview

Most caves of the world are dissolved by water containing carbonic acid, which percolates into underground limestone rock. However, our Carlsbad Caverns formed differently: it formed by a sulfuric acid mechanism generated by reactions related to nearby oil and gas fields. In this class we will study all types of caves: carbonic acid caves, sulfuric acid caves, lava tube caves, caves formed in gypsum or halite (evaporite) rock, seacoast caves, and ice caves. We will also learn about the beautiful mineral formations (speleothems) in caves, and the microbes that live there. We will end the class by watching the NOVA video: Mysterious Life of Caves.

Prerequisites

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Section Title
Caves of the World Live Online
Type
Live Online
Days
W
Time
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Aug 11, 2021 to Aug 25, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
6.0
Location
  • Online
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $39.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 08, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 08, 2021
Instructors
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