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GEOL 102 Historical Geology

Spring Semester 2018



The Oligocene Brule Formation strata of Badlands National Park, South Dakota

LECTURE NOTES


Jan. 24 Introduction: It's About Time
Reading: Chap. 1

Jan. 26 Every Rock is a Record of History: Historical Approaches to Lithology
Reading: Chap. 2

Jan. 29 Terrestrial Sedimentary Environments
Reading: Chap. 5

Jan. 31 Fluvial & Deltaic Environments & Walther's Law
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 2 Coastal and Marine Environments; Transgressions and Regressions
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 5 Physical Stratigraphy
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 7 Index Fossils, Correlation & Radiometric Dating
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 9 Lithostratigraphy
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 12 Biostratigraphy and the Geologic Timescale
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 14 Another Geography: Plate Tectonics
Reading: Chap. 8

Feb. 16 Every Valley Shall Be Exalted...: Orogenesis I
Reading: Chap. 9

Feb. 19 ...And Every Mountain and Hill Made Low: Orogenesis II and Geochemical Cycles
Reading: Chaps. 9-10

Feb. 21 Fossils & Fossilization
Reading: Chaps. 3-4

Feb. 23 Evolution I: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
Reading: Chap. 7

Feb. 26 Evolution II: Patterns, Process & Phylogeny

Feb. 28 MIDTERM EXAM I

Mar. 2 Introduction to the Strange Aeons of the Precambrian: The Hadean Eon
Reading: Chap. 11

Mar. 5 The Archean Eon I: Black Earth, Blue Earth, Grey Earth [Online Panopto Recording: Do not meet for class]
Reading: Chap. 11

Mar. 7 The Archean Eon II: Biogenesis
Reading: Chap. 11

Mar. 9 The Proterozoic Eon I: Birth of Modern Geology
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 12 The Proterozoic Eon II: Rodinia and Pannotia
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 14 The Proterozoic Eon III: Snowball Earth and the Garden of Ediacara
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 16 The Early Paleozoic Era I [Online Panopto Recording: Do not meet for class]
Reading: Chaps. 13

Mar. 19-23 SPRING BREAK!

Mar. 26 The Early Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chaps. 13

Mar. 28 The Middle Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 14

Mar. 30 The Middle Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 14

Apr. 2 The Middle Paleozoic Era III
Reading: Chap. 14

Apr. 4 The Late Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 15

Apr. 6 The Late Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 15

April 7 (Saturday): western Maryland Field Trip: details TBA

Apr. 9 The Late Paleozoic Era III
Reading: Chap. 15

Apr. 11 The Late Paleozoic Era IV
Reading: Chap. 15

Apr. 13 MIDTERM EXAM II

Apr. 16 The Early Mesozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 16

Apr. 18 The Early Mesozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 16

Apr. 20 The Cretaceous Period I
Reading: Chap. 17

Apr. 23 The Cretaceous Period II
Reading: Chap. 17

Apr. 25 The Cretaceous Period III
Reading: Chap. 17

Apr. 27 The Paleogene Period I
Reading: Chap. 18

April 30 The Paleogene Period II
Reading: Chap. 18

May 2 The Neogene Period I
Reading: Chaps. 19

May 4 The Neogene Period II
Reading: Chap. 19

May 7 The Quaternary Period I
Reading: Chap. 19-20

May 9 The Quaternary Period II: To the Anthropocene and Beyond!
Reading: Chap. 20

May 16 (WEDNESDAY!) FINAL EXAM, PLS 1113, 8:00-10:00 am

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Last modified: 29 January 2018

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Proterozoic granite weathering into sediment in the Wind River Canyon, Wyoming