Description: The purpose of this course is to discuss the origins of high elevations, such as mountains and epeirogenic uplifts, and their impacts of climate, global carbon cycling, and sedimentary processes. We will discuss the physics and chemistry of building mountains by magmatism and tectonic thickening as well as destroying them by erosion, chemical weathering, and delamination. We will explore perspectives from the deep Earth to the atmosphere. The seminar will meet once a week for two hours with the first hour being a thematic overview given by faculty or students and the second hour devoted to discussion of assigned papers. Recommended Prerequisite(s): ESCI 321 and ESCI 322. Repeatable for Credit.