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GEOL 102 Historical Geology

Spring Semester 2022



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

CLASS SCHEDULE & LECTURE NOTES


Week of Jan. 24
1/24 Lecture: Introduction: It's About Time
1/25: Pre-Course Knowledge Survey due on ELMS
1/26 Lecture: Every Rock is a Record of History: Historical Approaches to Lithology
1/26 Lab: Introduction to the Lab
1/28 Lecture: Terrestrial Sedimentary Environments
Readings: Chaps. 1, 2, 5

Week of Jan. 31
1/31 Lecture: Fluvial & Deltaic Environments & Walther's Law
2/2 Lecture: Coastal and Marine Environments; Transgressions and Regressions
2/2 Lab: Sedimentary Rock Classification
2/4 Lecture: Physical Stratigraphy
Readings: Chaps. 5, 6
2/4 Quiz 1 due

Week of Feb. 7
2/7 Lecture: Index Fossils, Correlation & Radiometric Dating
2/9 Lecture: Lithostratigraphy
2/9 Lab: Sedimentary Structures & Depositional Environments
2/11 Lecture: Biostratigraphy and the Geologic Timescale
Reading: Chap. 6
2/11 Quiz 2 due

Week of Feb. 14
2/14 Lecture: Another Geography: Plate Tectonics
2/16 Lecture: Every Valley Shall Be Exalted...: Orogenesis I
2/16 Lab: The Ordering of Geological Events
2/18 Lecture: ...And Every Mountain and Hill Made Low: Orogenesis II and Geochemical Cycles
Readings: Chaps. 8, 9, 10
2/19 Quiz 3 due

Week of Feb. 21
2/21 Lecture: Fossils & Fossilization
2/23 Lecture: Evolution I: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
2/23 Lab: Biostratigraphy, Geochronology, Magnetostratigraphy
2/25 Lecture: Evolution II: Patterns, Process & Phylogeny
Readings: Chaps. 3, 4, 7
2/25 Quiz 4 due

Week of Feb. 28
MIDTERM EXAM I: Available online 2/28-3/2
2/28 Lecture: Introduction to the Strange Aeons of the Precambrian: The Hadean Eon
3/2 Lecture: The Archean Eon I: Black Earth, Blue Earth, Grey Earth
3/2 Lab: Physical Stratigraphy
3/4 Lecture: The Archean Eon II: Biogenesis
Readings: Chap. 11

Week of Mar. 7
3/7 Lecture: The Proterozoic Eon I: Birth of Modern Geology
3/9 Lecture: The Proterozoic Eon II: Rodinia and Pannotia
3/9 Lab: Introduction to Paleontology: Fossils and Fossilization
3/11 Lecture: The Proterozoic Eon III: Snowball Earth & the Garden of Ediacara
Readings: Chap. 12
3/11 Quiz 5 due

Week of Mar. 14
3/14 Lecture: The Early Paleozoic Era I
3/16 Lecture: The Early Paleozoic Era II
3/16 Lab: Common Fossilizing Organisms
3/18 Lecture: The Middle Paleozoic Era I
Readings: Chaps. 13, 14
3/18 Quiz 6 due

Week of Mar. 21
SPRING BREAK (Use your break to relax, but stay safe and healthy!)

Week of Mar. 28
3/28 Lecture: The Middle Paleozoic Era II
3/30 Lecture: The Middle Paleozoic Era III
3/30 Lab: Geologic Map Interpretation
4/1 Lecture: The Late Paleozoic Era I
Readings: Chaps. 14, 15
4/1 Quiz 7 due

Week of Apr. 4
4/4 Lecture: The Late Paleozoic Era II
4/6 Lecture: The Late Paleozoic Era III
4/6 Lab: Precambrian Geology
4/8 Lecture: The Late Paleozoic Era IV
Readings: Chap. 15
4/8 Quiz 8 due
4/9 Optional Field Trip to Western Maryland

Week of Apr. 11
MIDTERM EXAM II: Available online 4/11-13
4/11 Lecture: The Early Mesozoic Era I
4/13 Lecture: The Early Mesozoic Era II
4/13 Lab: Appalachian & Other Paleozoic Geology
4/15 Lecture: The Early Mesozoic Era III
Readings: Chap. 16

Week of Apr. 18
4/18 Lecture: The Cretaceous Period I
4/20 Lecture: The Cretaceous Period II
4/20 Lab: Cordilleran Geology
4/22 Lecture: The Cretaceous Period III
Readings: Chap. 17
4/22 Quiz 9 due

Week of Apr. 25
4/25 Lecture: The Paleogene Period I
4/27 Lecture: The Paleogene Period II
4/27 Lab: Post-Paleozoic Geology
4/29 Lecture: The Neogene Period I
Readings: Chaps. 18, 19
4/29 Quiz 10 due

Week of May 2
5/2 Lecture: The Neogene Period II
5/4 Lecture: The Quaternary Period I
5/4 Lab: Quaternary Geology and Climate Change
5/6 Lecture: The Quaternary Period II: To the Anthropocene and Beyond!
Readings: Chaps. 19, 20
5/6 Quiz 11 due

Week of May 9
5/9 Lecture: Historical Geology Tour of North America

Week of May 16
FINAL EXAM: Available online 5/15-17

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Last modified: 21 January 2022

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