GEOL 218 Introduction to Historical Geology A study of the Evolution of the Earth and life through time
GEOL 218 • Instructors: Dr. Kent Murray (Lecture) Mr. J Keeler Lab Sec. 2 Wed 5-8:45 Dr. K. Murray Lab Sec. 3 Mon 1-4:45 Mr. N. Nalepa Lab Sec. 4 Tues 5-8:45 • My Office: Acad. Support Center (ASC) Rm 117 • Course syllabus and Lecture PowerPoint slides are available on Canvas, under “Files” • We will use Tophat this semester. Go to tophat.com/e/965255 to register and log in
GEOL 218 • Course Grade: Lecture ~ 445 points Laboratory ~ 270 points Lecture: 2 90-point mid-term e xams and a 90-point comprehensive final exam for a total of 270 points. Dailey Tophat quizzes worth a total of about 75 points Homework assignments and In-class exercises ~100 points Laboratory: 10 weekly exercises – 10 points apiece 2 exams, 50 points each, and 10 5-point quizzes Field trips (one required (20 points), one optional (20 bonus points)
GEOL 218 • Study Sessions –ASC conference room (Rm 119) Tues, Thursday 1:00-2:00 – Sessions are free and will begin Jan. 24. – Come and compare notes, discuss assigned readings, practice problem solving and help prepare for quizzes
Textbooks • Lecture: Historical Geology 6 or7 th Ed. Evolution of earth and Life through Time. By Wicander and Monroe at CMU. ISBN 978-1- 111-98729-9 • laboratory: Historical Geology Interpretations and applications 6 th Ed. By Poort and Carlson ISBN 0-13-144786-6
The Dynamic and Evolving Earth Chapter 1
Landscape History • During the life of our planet – The earth undergoing remarkable change as: – continents moved about its surface – ocean basins opened and closed – mountain ranges formed along continental margins marking the location where continents have collided • The oceans and atmospheric circulation patterns would – shift in response to moving continents – causing massive ice sheets to form, grow, and then melt away • Extensive swamps, shallow seas and vast deserts sweep across the landscape
This Semester, at a Glance • Historical Geology is about The History of Earth • Three interrelated themes will be covered • The first is that Earth’s outermost part – is composed of a series of moving plates • Plate tectonics – whose interactions have affected its physical and biological history.