GEOL 185L - History of the Earth Lab

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GEOL 185L – Evolution of the Earth Lab

Th 1-4:10 PM

Professors: Erik Bender SCI 132 (714) 432-5681

Course Description:

This is a laboratory to accompany GEOL 185. The laboratory provides practical experience in studying sedimentary rocks to interpret depositional processes and environments, examination of fossils and their use in age determinations, correlation of rock units, interpreting geologic history from maps, and the regional Geology of North America.

Extended weekend field trip required. May be taken for grades or on a credit-no credit basis.

Prerequisites:

Prerequisite: Geology 185 or concurrent enrollment

Course Objectives:

The objective of the study of a natural sciences component of a core curriculum is to enable the student to understand, construct, and evaluate relationships in the natural sciences, and to enable the student to understand the bases for building and testing theories.

Text:

Interpreting Earth History, 6 th

Edition; Petersen and Rigby, 1999

Required Materials:

Colored pencils, ruler, calculator that does trigonometric functions.

For field trips you may want to invest in some good hiking boots, water bottles, clipboard, wide brimmed hat.

WEEK TOPIC

09/01/04

09/08/04

09/15/04

09/22/04

Introduction, Igneous Rocks

Sedimentary Rocks

Metamorphic Rocks

The Principle of Uniformity/Facies Relations

09/29/04

10/06/04

10/13/04

10/20/04

10/27/04

11/03/04

11/10/04

11/17/04

11/24/04

12/01/04

12/08/04

12/15/04

Relative/Radiometric Dating

Geologic Structures

Geologic Structures

Mid-Term Exam

Geologic Maps

Geologic Maps

Fossils and Fossilization

Fossils and Fossilization

Biostratigraphy

Biostratigraphy

Final Exam

Topographic Maps

Grading: Mid-Term Exam = 200 pts.

Final Exam = 200 pts.

Laboratory Assignments = 10 pts. Ea.

Term Project = 300 pts. *

* Your term project consists of a field trip mapping assignment and geologic synthesis paper. The mapping assignment will be of a locale located in the Mojave Desert. Once you have mapped the area, you will write a short 3-5 page paper that describes the entire geologic history of the region.

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