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Penn State Abington College
J. Alcock
Professor of Environmental Sciences
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Division of Science and Engineering
Abington College


Maps of the PA-DE Piedmont

Virtual Geology of Wissahickon Creek, Fairmount Park:
Valley Green

Bell's Mill Road

Teaching and learning are active processes. Because the majority of my students are not science majors, I have the opportunity to create courses that stress methods of thinking and investigation through a combination of lecture, field trips, and laboratory activities. I want to challenge students to change their world view as they master new skills that increase their power as thinkers and questioners.


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I currently study metamorphic rocks from two areas -- the Ruby Mountains, SW Montana and the Adirondack Mountains, NY. My goal is to use the tools of the metamorphic petrologist and field geologist to better understand the geologic history of each region. Recently I have begun to use finite difference models of thermal change in orogenic belts to refine our understanding of geologic process that produced the well described metamorphic and structural history of the Variscan orogeny in NW Spain.
 I am also looking at positive feedback among ice, planetary albedo, and temperature as a possible cause for Earth's climatic shifts between ice ages and interglacial periods.

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