GEOL 1020 Final

GEOL 1020 Final - STUDY GUIDE FOR GEOL 1020 Final Exam...

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The content of the final exam will follow the content of all lectures throughout the semester. It will concentrate on material we’ve covered since Exam 2, but it is comprehensive . Roughly half the questions will cover material from the first 2/3 of the semester (i.e. the material covered on exams 1 and 2). I could ask about anything covered since the beginning of class. Questions on anything discussed in the assigned readings are possible but the exam with concentrate on the themes we have developed in class. Expect the exam to have about 60 questions. In keeping with my comments in the first paragraph, I would suggest that your study strategy should emphasize doing all you can to become comfortable with what we’ve discussed in lectures (including clicker questions) and covered on homework assignments. However, don’t ignore the readings from the book or the reserve readings. These materials cover many of the same topics in a different way and they can be very useful in helping you to understand the material covered in the lectures. OUTLINE OF MATERIAL COVERED SINCE EXAM #2 1. The supercontinent cycle and Late Paleozoic tectonics a. What is the Wilson Cycle? b. When and where did Rodinia break up? What ocean was formed, what ocean shrank? c. What is a passive continental margin versus an active continental margin? The U.S. east and west coasts formed which type of margin during Rodinia’s breakup? d. Why were many continental areas covered by epicontinental seas during Rodinia’s breakup? e. How many versions of the Appalachian mountains formed? When and why did they form? How can we determine when these mountains existed? f. When did Pangaea form and what ocean closed to form it? What was climate like in much of Pangaea’s interior? g. When and where did the Ancestral Rockies form? What evidence of their former existence still exists? 2. The Early Mesozoic – Two mass extinctions and the rise of dinosaurs a. What are the possible causes of mass extinction events in general and what are the signatures of these causes in the rock record? b. What are the characteristics, causes, and effects of the Permian-Triassic mass extinction event? c. What creatures evolved during the Triassic and/or thrived during that time period, after the mass extinction? d. What are the characteristics, causes, and effects of the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction event? e. What creatures evolved during the Jurassic and/or thrived during that time period, after the mass extinction? f.
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This note was uploaded on 03/03/2010 for the course GEOL 1020 taught by Professor Pranter during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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GEOL 1020 Final - STUDY GUIDE FOR GEOL 1020 Final Exam...

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