GEOL 102 Historical Geology
The History of Earth and Life

Spring Semester 2017

Jan. 25 Introduction: It's About Time
Reading: Chap. 1
LAB: Overview of Policies and Introduction

Jan. 27 Every Rock is a Record of History: Historical Approaches to Lithology
Reading: Chap. 2

Jan. 30 Terrestrial Sedimentary Environments
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 1 Fluvial & Deltaic Environments & Walther's Law
Reading: Chap. 5
LAB: Description and Classification of Sedimentary Rocks (DEH Lab 1)

Feb. 3 Coastal and Marine Environments; Transgressions and Regressions
Reading: Chap. 5

Feb. 6 Physical Stratigraphy
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 8 Index Fossils, Correlation & Radiometric Dating
Reading: Chap. 6
LAB: Interpretation of Sedimentary Rocks (DEH Lab 2)

Feb. 10 Lithostratigraphy
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 13 Biostratigraphy and the Geologic Timescale
Reading: Chap. 6

Feb. 15 Another Geography: Plate Tectonics
Reading: Chap. 8
LAB: Relative Dating and Sequence of Events (DEH Lab 3)

Feb. 17 Every Valley Shall Be Exalted...: Orogenesis I
Reading: Chap. 9

Feb. 20 ...And Every Mountain and Hill Made Low: Orogenesis II and Geochemical Cycles
Reading: Chaps. 9-10

Feb. 22 Fossils & Fossilization
Reading: Chaps. 3-4
LAB: Lithostratigraphy (DEH Lab 4)

Feb. 24 Evolution I: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
Reading: Chap. 7

Feb. 27 Evolution II: Patterns, Process & Phylogeny

LAB: Biostratigraphy & Radiometric Dating (read DEH Lab 5 & 6; actual lab will be a handout)

Mar. 3 Introduction to the Strange Aeons of the Precambrian: The Hadean Eon
Reading: Chap. 11

Mar. 6 ONLINE The Archean Eon I: Black Earth, Blue Earth, Grey Earth [do not meet for class]
Reading: Chap. 11

Mar. 8 The Archean Eon II: Biogenesis
Reading: Chap. 11
LAB: Fossil Preservation and Taphonomy (DEH Lab 8)

Mar. 10 The Proterozoic Eon I: Birth of Modern Geology
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 13 The Proterozoic Eon II: Rodinia and Pannotia
Reading: Chap. 12

Mar. 15 The Proterozoic Eon III: Snowball Earth and the Garden of Ediacara
Reading: Chap. 12
LAB: Lab Exam 1 (Covers material from 2/1 to 3/1)

Mar. 17 The Early Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chaps. 13

Mar. 20-24 SPRING BREAK!

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

Mar. 29 The Middle Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 14
LAB: Paleontology I Common Invertebrate Fossils (Lab will be a handout)

Mar. 31 The Middle Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 14

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

Apr. 5 The Late Paleozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 15
LAB: Paleontology II Micropaleontology, Paleobotany, Vertebrate Paleontology (Lab will be a handout)

Apr. 7 The Late Paleozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 15

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

Apr. 12 The Late Paleozoic Era IV
Reading: Chap. 15
LAB: Paleontology III Paleoenvironments & Paleoecology (Lab will be a handout)

Apr. 14 The Early Mesozoic Era I
Reading: Chap. 16

April 15 (Saturday): western Maryland Field Trip: details TBA


Apr. 19 The Early Mesozoic Era II
Reading: Chap. 16
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. 21 The Cretaceous Period I
Reading: Chap. 17

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

Apr. 26 The Cretaceous Period III
Reading: Chap. 17
LAB: Geologic Maps and Interpretation of Earth History in Selected Regions pt. 1 (DEH Lab 15)

Apr. 28 The Paleogene Period I
Reading: Chap. 18

May 1 The Paleogene Period II
Reading: Chap. 18

May 3 The Neogene Period I
Reading: Chaps. 19
LAB: Geologic Maps and Interpretation of Earth History in Selected Regions pt. 2 (DEH Lab 15)

May 5 The Neogene Period II
Reading: Chap. 19

May 8 The Quaternary Period I
Reading: Chap. 19-20

May 10 The Quaternary Period II: To the Anthropocene and Beyond!
Reading: Chap. 20
LAB: Lab Exam 2 (Concentrates on labs from March 8 onward)

May 17 (WEDNESDAY!) FINAL EXAM, PLS 1113, 8:00-10:00 am

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Last modified: 23 January 2017