24 September, 2020 Tulsa Oklahoma United States Virtual

Climate: Past, Present, and Future

21-24 September 2020
Virtual Event


Who Should Attend
  • Geoscientists and non-geoscientists who want to gain a geologic perspective for the climate debate
  • Geoscientists and non-geoscientists who want to gain an improved 21st Century understanding of plate tectonics, climate change, sea-level variations, over the earth’s history
  • Geoscientists and non-geoscientists who want to gain an improved understanding on how plate tectonics has affected climate change, sea-level variations, and human history

At the end of the course attendees will gain an improved understanding of how:

  • The earth’s climate/sea levels/plates have changed/moved over geologic time
  • The earth’s evolving climate/plate positions/sea-level variations affected life on earth
  • The environment has impacted man & man has impacted the earth’s environment
Course Content

Course will be held via Zoom: 21–24 September 2020, 7:00 pm–9:30 pm (CDT)

Did you know that:

  • We are in an ice age from a geologic perspective? 
  • Through most of the earth’s history there almost never ice at the North Pole, and far less Ice at the South Pole?
  • Massive ice sheets covered parts of North America and northern Europe during the last glacial maxima about 25,000 years ago?
  • Sea Level has risen by almost 400 feet (120m) over the last 20,000 years
  • Plate Tectonics has played a huge role in climate change and life on earth
  • Major sea-level falls, and rises have happened hundreds of time during the Phanerozoic
  • During most of the Phanerozoic, epicontinental seas covered large parts of North America
  • The United States was in the southern hemisphere during most of the Paleozoic, with the present-day east coast pointed toward the south pole

Well, if you didn’t maybe it’s time to take a 21st Century look or re-look into the earth’s history!

Why This Class Stands Out

This course provides a geologic perspective to the climate debate

  • Plate Movement over Geologic Time
  • Climate changes over the Earth’s History
  • Sea Level Variations over the Phanerozoic
  • Tools of the Trade for unravelling plate movement, climatic change, & sea level variations
  • Case studies on how the earth has impacted human development and human history
  • How man has impacted the earth
Pre-class Reading

Origins: How Earth’s History Shaped Human History — Lewis Dartnell, Basic Books, 2019, 346p

Expires on
24 September, 2020
Professional Fee
Expires on
24 September, 2020
Student Fee
Expires on
24 September, 2020
Displaced Professional Fee
30 People
  • Cancellations received on or before 7 September 2020 will be refunded less a $50 processing fee.
  • Refunds will not be issued after 7 September 2020 or for "no shows."
  • You may substitute one participant for another.
  • Cancellations or substitution requests should be emailed to Customer Service at [email protected].
  • Zoom Link (a link will be sent at least 24 hours prior to the course)
  • Digital Course Materials
Technical Requirements
  • Personal Computer
  • High-Speed Internet Connection
  • Search Engine (Google preferred)
AAPG Headquarters
1444 S Boulder Avenue
Tulsa Oklahoma 74119
United States
+1 918 584 2555
Tulsa, OK - AAPG Tulsa, OK - AAPG Virtual 57093 AAPG Headquarters
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