William A. Ranson Furman University

Sustaining the Earth system for current and future inhabitants (including all members of the biosphere) has been Dr. Bill Ranson's goal since coming to Furman in 1979. All courses he teaches in Earth systems and Earth materials have this underlying theme. In addition, Dr. Ranson has been active in moving the University along the path to sustainability thorough leadership roles on the Sustainability Planning Council and the school's master plan for sustainability.

Name Title Description

EES-110

Earth Systems

An introduction to Earth as an evolving, integrated, and cyclic system. Examination of major surficial and internal Earth processes that shape the human environment and control the distribution of geologic resources such as water, fossil fuels, strategic minerals, and soils.

EES-220

Mineralogy and Petrology I

Introduction to minerals as basic Earth materials in terms of their physical and chemical properties, use, environmental importance and stability, including their identification in hand specimen. Investigation of mineral assemblages found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks in order to understand their origin, evolution and use. Field trips required.

EES-221

Mineralogy and Petrology II

Advanced study of minerals with emphasis on the crystallography, crystal chemistry and optical properties of silicate minerals. Advanced study of igneous and metamorphic rocks with emphasis on the integration of field, geochemical and optical techniques to determine their conditions of formation and evolution. Field trips required.

EES-472

Research and Analysis

Analysis of data, reading of scientific literature relevant to individual research, and writing of a thesis based on the results of an independent research project. Students must also present results at a professional meeting and to the department. EES-502 must be enrolled at the same time.

EES-475

Earth & Envrmntl Sci Seminar

SUS-472

Research and Analysis

Analysis of data, reading of scientific literature relevant to individual research, and writing of a thesis based on the results of an independent research project. Students must also present results at a professional meeting and to the department. EES-502 must be enrolled at the same time.

  • Ranson, William A., Fernandez, L. A., and Simmons, W. B., 1980, Petrology of the Zacatecas Metasediments. Boletin Institute de Geologiz, Mexico
  • Ranson, William A., 1981, Anorthosites of diverse magma types in the Puttuaaluk Lake area, Nain Complex, Labrador: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, Vol. 18, p. 26-41
  • Ranson, William A., 1986, Complex exsolution in inverted pigeonite: exsolution mechanisms and temperatures of crystallization and exsolution: American Mineralogist, Vol. 71, p. 1322-1336
  • Ranson, W. A., Williams, I. S., and Garihan, J. M., 1999, Shrimp zircon U-Pb ages of granitoids from the Inner Piedmont of South Carolina: Evidence for Ordovician magmatism involving mid to late Proterozoic crust: Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, v. 31, n. 6, p. A-167
  • Ranson, William A., 2000, Margarite-corundum phyllites from the Appalachian orogen of South Carolina: Mineralogy and metamorphic history: American Mineralogist, v. 85, p. 1617-1624
  • Ranson, William A. and Garihan, John M., 2001, Geology of the Inner Piedmont in the Caesars Head and Table Rock State Parks area, northwestern South Carolina: 2001 Carolina Geological Society Field Trip, in Garihan, John M., Ranson, William A., and Clendenin, C. W. (editors), 2001, Geology of the Inner Piedmont in the Caesars Head and Table Rock State Parks area, northwestern South Carolina. SPECIAL ISSUE devoted to the 2001 Field Trip of the Carolina Geological Society: South Carolina Geology, vol.43
  • Chan Soo, Rhonda, Wickard, Alyssa K., Garihan, John M., and Ranson, William A., 2011, Deformational and metamorphic history of Campobello 7.5-minute quadrangle, Tugaloo Terrane, Inner Piedmont, South Carolina: Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 43, n. 2, p 31
  • Bridgeman, James L., Ranson, William A., and Garihan, John M., 2012, Comparative petrographic and chemical analysis of three ultramafic bodies in the western Inner Piedmont of South Carolina: Geol. Soc. Ameri! ca Abstr acts with Programs, vol. 44, n. 4, p 8
  • Geier, Paul, Garihan, John M., and Ranson, William A., 2012, Mass Wasting Deposits along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in Jones Gap State Park and the Rocky Bottom, South Carolina areas: Geol. Soc. America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 44, n. 4, p 3
  • Garihan, John M. and Ranson, William A., 2012, Geologic studies in the Inner Piedmont, Brevard Zone, and Blue Ridge, South Carolina and North Carolina: Guidebook for the 75th Anniversary of the Carolina Geological Society, 12-14 October 2012, 137 p.

Evolution of the Appalachian Mountains through field mapping and mineralogical studies.

Education
Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
M.S.
University of New Orleans
B.S.
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

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