Medical Geology and Environmental Health Studies at Western Oregon University

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Explore the interdisciplinary field of Medical Geology at Western Oregon University, covering topics such as environmental exposure, geological impacts on nutrition, geologic hazards, and water quality. Discover how the Earth's subsystems interact and affect human health, with a focus on pathways of environmental contamination and their implications on public health.

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  1. ES420 Medical Geology Western Oregon University Week 8 Midterm Review Steve Taylor, RG, PhD, Professor of Geology Earth and Physical Science Department

  2. CLASS CONTENT MODULES Week 5 Environmental Expolsure Week 6 Geological Impacts on Nutrition Week 7 Geologic Hazards and Public Health Week 8 Water Quality and Soil Nutrients

  3. Earth System a dynamic space ship with transfers of Mass and Energy Four Subsystems: Geosphere (Lithosphere), Atmosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere GEOSPHERE -Solid Earth -Near-Surface: Minerals, Rocks Soil -47% Oxygen -27% Silicon -8% Aluminum -18% Cations +Others ATMOSPHERE -Gaseous Envelope -78% Nitrogen -21% Oxygen -1% All Others -Troposphere near surface HYDROSPHERE -Water World Blue Planet -97% H2O + dissolved ions -Oceans -Groundwater, Surface Water -Glacial Ice BIOSPHERE -Life: Plants & Animals -CHON Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen -Photosynthesis-Based Food Chain Human Habitat Critical Zone : surface nexus of atmosphere, hydrosphere and geosphere

  4. Earth Surface: The Critical Zone for Life and Humans

  5. Week 5 Environmental Exposure and Health Risk Centeno et al., 2013, Environmental Pathology (28 p.) Nielsen and Jensen, 2005, Environmental Epidemiology, in Selinus, 2005 (12 p.) Fowles et al., 2013, Environmental Medicine (19 p.)

  6. Geologic Pathways and Environmental Health Ingestion (Food and Water) Skin Absorption Inhalation

  7. Week 6 Geological Impacts on Nutrition Combs, 2013, Geological Impacts on Nutrition (16 p.) Knez and Graham, 2013, Nutrient Deficiencies and Soils (17 p.) Oliver and Gregory, 2015, Soil-Food Security-Public Health (20 p.)

  8. Week 7 Geologic Hazards and Public Health Appleton, 2005, Radon in Air and Water, in Selinus, 2005 (36 p.) Thornton, 1996, Sources and pathways of arsenic in the geologic environment (9 p.) Grattan et al., 2003, Case Study: Human Sickness and Volcanic Eruptions (6 p.) Radon and Lung Cancer

  9. Geologic Processes and Health Dust Storms Volcanic Eruptions Landslides and Flooding Earthquakes

  10. Week 8 Water Quality and Soil Nutrients National Research Council, 2007, Chapter 4 - What we drink (20 p.) Rubenowitz and Hiscock, 2005, Water Hardness and Health (14 p.) Brevik and Sauer, 2015, Soils and Human Health (12 p.)

  11. CONTENT MODULES (TBD) Week 9 Anthropogenic Pollution Fuge, 2005, Anthropogenic Sources, in Selinus, 2005 (18 p.) Burke, 2016, Cadmium and Public Health, Balochistan, Case Study (8 p.) Werner et al., 2015, Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Health (15 p.) Week 10 Atmosphere-Dust-Volcanic National Research Council, 2007, Chapter 3 - What we breathe (20 p.) Derbyshire, 2005, Natural Dust and Human Health, in Selinus, 2005 (22 p.) Weinstein and Cook, 2005, Volcanic Emissions and Health (24 p.)

  12. Geochemistry and Health Radon and Lung Cancer Iodine and Selenium Deficiency Arsenic and Groundwater Fluorosis Mercury and Lead Poisoning