112syl - GY 112-101 Earth History Spring 2012 Lectures M W...

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GY 112-101: Earth History Spring 2012 Lectures M, W, F: 10:10 – 11:00 am Your Host: Dr. Doug Haywick http://www.southalabama.edu/geology/haywick Objectives: The subject matter examined in the course covers basic aspects of earth history, and the objectives of the course are to provide students with a general understanding of this discipline. The course will focus on the origin of the solar system and the planet earth, the origin of oceans, atmosphere and life and paleontology. Specific topics covered are itemized below. You are expected to keep up with the reading prescribed for each week. GY 112L is a co-requisite or GY 112. f TENTATIVE LECTURE GAME PLAN (subject to revision) Week 1 INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL Lect 1: Holiday; No class Lect 2: Course Introduction; Origin of the Universe (1) Lect 3: Origin of the Solar System, details on the Earth and Moon (2) Quiz Week 2 HISTORY OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE Lect 1: Rocks and Rock Suites (3) Lect 2: Geological Thinking (4) Lect 3: Evolution of plate tectonics as a theory (5) Quiz Week 3 DATING Lect 1: Stratigraphy and geological time (6) Lect 2: Introduction to dating (7) Lect 3: Radiometric dating (8) Quiz Week 4 PALEONTOLOGY AND THE FOSSIL RECORD Lect 1: Stable isotope geochemistry (8a) Lect 2: Significance of fossils 1: interpretation of time (9) Lect 3: Significance of fossils 2: interpretation of environment (10) Quiz Week 5 PALEONTOLOGY AND THE FOSSIL RECORD Lect 1: Significance of fossils 3: interpretation of paleogeography (11) Lect 2: Fossil Classification (12) Lect 3: Lecture Test 1 (February 17 th ) Week 6 PALEONTOLOGY AND THE ARCHEAN Lect 1: Fossil Preservation (13) Lect 2: Evolution 1 (14) Lect 3: Evolution 2 (15) Quiz Week 7 THE ARCHEAN AND PROTEROZOIC Lect 1: Archean Geology (16) Lect 2: Origin of the atmosphere and hydrosphere (17) Lect 3: Proterozoic Tectonics 1 (18) Quiz Week 8 THE PROTEROZOIC Lect 1: Proterozoic Tectonics 2 (19) Lect 2: Proterozoic Climate (20) Lect 3: Proterozoic fossils (21) Time Chart 1 due
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Week 9 SPRING BREAK Week 10 THE EARLY PALEOZOIC Lect 1: Paleozoic overview (22) Lect 2: Cambrian Explosion (23) Lect 3: Paleozoic geology 1 (24) Quiz Week 11 THE LATE PALEOZOIC Lect 1: Paleozoic geology 2 (25) Lect 2: Paleozoic geology 3 (26) Lect 3: Exam 2 Review Quiz Week 12 PALEOZOIC FOSSILS Lect 1: Lecture Test 2 (April 1) Lect 1: Evolution of the plants (27) Lect 2: Evolution of the fish (28)
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