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GEOL 102 Historical Geology

Spring Semester 2019



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

LECTURE NOTES


Jan. 28 Introduction: It's About Time [Online Panopto Recording: Do not meet for class]
Reading: Chap. 1

Jan. 30 Every Rock is a Record of History: Historical Approaches to Lithology [Online Panopto Recording: Do not meet for class]
Reading: Chap. 2

Feb. 1 Terrestrial Sedimentary Environments
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 4 Fluvial & Deltaic Environments & Walther's Law
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 6 Coastal and Marine Environments; Transgressions and Regressions
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 8 Physical Stratigraphy
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 11 Index Fossils, Correlation & Radiometric Dating
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 13 Lithostratigraphy
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 15 Biostratigraphy and the Geologic Timescale
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 18 Another Geography: Plate Tectonics
Reading: Chap. 8

Feb. 20 Every Valley Shall Be Exalted...: Orogenesis I
Reading: Chap. 9

Feb. 22 ...And Every Mountain and Hill Made Low: Orogenesis II and Geochemical Cycles
Reading: Chaps. 9-10

Feb. 25 Fossils & Fossilization
Reading: Chaps. 3-4

Feb. 27 Evolution I: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
Reading: Chap. 7

Mar. 1 Evolution II: Patterns, Process & Phylogeny

Mar. 4 Introduction to the Strange Aeons of the Precambrian: The Hadean Eon [Online Panopto Recording: Do not meet for class]
Reading: Chap. 11

Mar. 6 MIDTERM EXAM I

Mar. 8 The Archean Eon I: Black Earth, Blue Earth, Grey Earth
Reading: Chap. 11

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

Mar. 13 The Proterozoic Eon I: Birth of Modern Geology
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 15 The Proterozoic Eon II: Rodinia and Pannotia
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 18-22 SPRING BREAK!

Mar. 25 The Proterozoic Eon III: Snowball Earth and the Garden of Ediacara
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 27 The Early Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chaps. 13

Mar. 29 The Early Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chaps. 13

Apr. 1 The Middle Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 14

Apr. 3 The Middle Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 14

Apr. 5 The Middle Paleozoic Era III
Reading: Chap. 14

Apr. 8 The Late Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 15

Apr. 10 The Late Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 15

Apr. 12 The Late Paleozoic Era III
Reading: Chap. 15

April 13 (Saturday): western Maryland Field Trip: details TBA

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

Apr. 17 MIDTERM EXAM II

Apr. 19 The Early Mesozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 16

Apr. 22 The Early Mesozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 16

Apr. 24 The Cretaceous Period I
Reading: Chap. 17

Apr. 26 The Cretaceous Period II
Reading: Chap. 17

Apr. 29 The Cretaceous Period III
Reading: Chap. 17

May 1 The Paleogene Period I
Reading: Chap. 18

May 3 The Paleogene Period II
Reading: Chap. 18

May 6 The Neogene Period I
Reading: Chaps. 19

May 8 The Neogene Period II
Reading: Chap. 19

May 10 The Quaternary Period I
Reading: Chap. 19-20

May 13 The Quaternary Period II: To the Anthropocene and Beyond!
Reading: Chap. 20

May 20 (MONDAY!) FINAL EXAM, PLS 1113, 8:00-10:00 am

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Last modified: 16 January 2019

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