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Unformatted text preview: ESCI 221.01 (4 s.h.) Physical Geology: Lecture (G2, L) Fall 2007 T,Th 1:00-2:15 p.m. Roddy Hall 149 Professor: Jason R. Price, P.G., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Geology Office: Brossman Hall 109 (please see map on back page) Phone: 872-3005 e-mail: Not accepted Office Hours: Monday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. By appointment Text: Earth: Portrait of a Planet (2 nd Edition), by Stephen Marshak Course Description: The nature and distribution of materials of the solid Earth—the dynamic processes by which they are formed and modified and the character of resulting geologic structures. Course Objectives: By the end of the semester the competent student should be able to: (1) Explain the steps in the scientific method and describe how this method is utilized in open inquiry (2) Describe the origin and composition of the Earth (3) Be able to describe the early ideas of continental drift, the mechanisms of plate tectonics, and how the two are interrelated (4) Explain what minerals are and know the major mineral components of the Earth (5) Recognize the different rock types and discuss how they formed (6) Relate the internal dynamism (mountain formation, faulting, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.) of the Earth to the theory of plate tectonics (7) Describe the surface processes of erosion, landsliding, and subsidence, and discuss and assess their environmental influence (8) Describe ground water as a component of the hydrologic cycle and be able to explain and assess its environmental influence Course Schedule Date Topic Recommended Reading 28 August Class introduction and syllabus, scientific method and inquiry Prelude 30 August Origin of the Earth Chapter 1 4 September Composition of the Earth Chapter 2 6 September Continental Drift Chapter 3 11 September Continental Drift (cont’d) Chapter 3 13 September Plate tectonics Chapter 4 18 September Plate tectonics (cont’d) Chapter 4 20 September Exam #1 (Syllabus, Scientific Methods, Origin and Composition of the Earth, Continental Drift, and Plate Tectonics) Study hard 25 September Earthquakes Chapter 10 27 September Earthquakes (cont’d) Chapter 10 2 October Minerals Chapter 5 4 October Minerals (cont’d) Chapter 5 9 October No Class—Fall Recess Have fun 11 October Igneous rocks Chapter 6 16 October Igneous rocks (cont’d) Chapter 6 18 October Exam #2 (Earthquakes, Minerals, and Igneous Rocks) Study hard 23 October Volcanoes Chapter 9 25 October Volcanoes (cont’d) Chapter 9 30 October No class – read Chapter 7 Chapter 7 1 November Sedimentary rocks (with Dr. Ramana) Chapter 7 6 November Metamorphic rocks Chapter 8 8 November Metamorphic rocks (cont’d) Chapter 8 13 November Exam #3 (Volcanoes, Sedimentary Rocks, and Metamorphic Rocks) Study hard 15 November Mountain building Chapter 11 20 November Mountain building (cont’d) Chapter 11 22 November No Class—Thanksgiving Recess Have fun 27 November Landslides Chapter 16 29 November Landslides (cont’d)...
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