Crosby Lectures in Geology: History of Africa

Topographic relief of the African plate. Areas of higher elevation are represented in light blue.
Topographic relief of the African plate. The data sources: NASA SRTM (land topography), and D. Sandwell (ocean bathymetry). (Image courtesy of Daniel MacPhee.)


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Fall 2005



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This course is a series of presentations on an advanced topic in the field of geology by the visiting William Otis Crosby lecturer. The Crosby lectureship is awarded to a distinguished international scientist each year to introduce new scientific perspectives to the MIT community. This year's Crosby lecturer is Prof. Kevin Burke. His lecture is about African history. The basic theme is the distinctiveness of the African continent in both the way that it originated 600 million years ago and in the way that it has developed ever since.

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Kevin Burke. 12.453 Crosby Lectures in Geology: History of Africa. Fall 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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