GEOL 102 Historical Geology Laboratory Policies and Syllabus
Spring Semester 2017
Labs are held in GEO 2107 2:00-5:00 p.m. W
Deciphering Earth History: Exercises in Historical Geology. Fourth Edition (DEH) by R.A. Gastaldo, C.E. Savdra, and R.D. Lewis (2006, CPC Publishing) ISBN-13 978-0898923162
Jan 27 LAB: Overview of Policies and Introduction
Feb. 1 LAB: Description and Classification of Sedimentary Rocks (DEH Lab 1)
Feb. 8 LAB: Interpretation of Sedimentary Rocks (DEH Lab 2)
Feb. 15 LAB: Relative Dating and Sequence of Events (DEH Lab 3)
Feb. 22 LAB: Lithostratigraphy (DEH Lab 4)
Mar. 1 LAB: Biostratigraphy & Radiometric Dating (read DEH Lab 5 & 6; actual lab will be a handout)
Mar. 8 LAB: Fossil Preservation and Taphonomy (DEH Lab 8)
Mar. 15 LAB: Lab Exam 1 (Covers material from 2/1 to 3/1)
Mar. 22 SPRING BREAK!
Mar. 29 LAB: Paleontology I Common Invertebrate Fossils (Lab will be a handout)
Apr. 5 LAB: Paleontology II Micropaleontology, Paleobotany, Vertebrate Paleontology (Lab will be a handout)
Apr. 12 LAB: Paleontology III Paleoenvironments & Paleoecology (Lab will be a handout)
Apr. 19 LAB: Interpretation of Geological Maps (Read DEH Lab 15; this Lab is a handout, but we will do Lab 15 during the next two weeks)
Apr. 26 LAB: Geologic Maps and Interpretation of Earth History in Selected Regions pt. 1 (DEH Lab 15)
May 3 LAB: Geologic Maps and Interpretation of Earth History in Selected Regions pt. 2 (DEH Lab 15)
May 10 LAB: Lab Exam 2 (Concentrates on labs from March 8 onward)
- Lab manual. You will be expected to turn in (stapled: see below) hardcopies from the manual itself
- Hand lens. A 10x handlens for observing specimens is very useful, although you can go with higher magnification if you wish.
There is a very reasonably-priced set of handlenses you can get on Amazon.com at
http://www.amazon.com/3pcs-Jewelers-Loupe-Loupes-10X-20X/dp/B001C9LG60/, but you can find them at other sources, too.
- Colored pencil set, for drawing on and creating geological cross-sections and maps
- Ruler/straight edge
- Please read the introductory material in the lab manual by the time we meet in lab.
- Labs are due the next lab meeting (1 week later). If they are turned in on the next
class time (Friday) there will be a 10% grade reduction; on the following Monday a total
of 30% grade reduction; and a full week late will garner a 50% grade penalty. Labs won't
be accepted for a grade later than 1 week overdue (barring legitimate extenuating
- Lab specimens will remain out for your examination through the end of the week and on
the following Monday. However, Dr. Holtz will typically replace lab specimens sometime on
- You are encouraged to collaborate and interact with each other and with Dr. Holtz
while working on the labs. However, all work you turn in must be your own.
- DON'T be a specimen hog! Make sure that others get adequate access to the hand
- ALWAYS return specimens to their appropriate boxes
- Use the dilute HCl wisely:
- Use small drops, only leave it on long enough to validate whether there is
effervescence or not; and wipe it up afterwards.
- Leaving acid on the hand samples will allow the reaction to run its course, and leave
a reaction rind on the rock. This will mislead students in the future)
- In general, only use acid on fresh surfaces.
- In general, don't drop acid on the fossils.
- We have limited samples, so please be careful with them. Doubly so with the fossils!!
- If you are having problems, don't be shy; ask for help!
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Last modified: 18 January 2017