Historical Geology Fall 2018

GEOL 210-001, 3 credits

TR 9:30-10:45 in Sims 111

 

Instructor: Dr. Diana Boyer                         

Office: Sims 212B

e-mail: boyerd@winthrop.edu          

Office hours: Mondays 1:30-3, Thursday 8:30-9:30 am and by appointment.

Text: Earth System History, 2009, Steven Stanley, Freeman, New York, 567p. 4th edition-required

 

Course Objective:  Through the course of this semester we will take a chronological tour of the geologic record-some highlights to the right. This is a comprehensive course that covers a broad range of topics from rock types to plate tectonics to paleontology to ancient climates. We will start with an introduction to some fundamental principles of geology and processes that shape the rock record. We will then travel through time starting in the Precambrian highlighting some of the major tectonic, biotic, and climatic events through the history of the Earth.

 

Grading:

6 in class quizzes-lowest score dropped         20%

In class/homework assignments                     15%

Writing Assignments                                      15%

3 exams (10% each)                                        30%

Final Exam                                                     20 %

 

 

 

Grading Scale:

 

 

 

A

92-100

A-

90-91.9

B+

88-89.9

B

82-87.9

B-

80-81.9

C+

78-79.9

C

72-77.9

C-

70-71.9

D+

68-69.9

D

62-67.9

D-

60-61.9

 

 

 

 

Tentative schedule of topics*

Reading

Assignments*

Aug 21

Introduction to time and rocks

 

 

Aug 23

Geologic time, plate tectonics

Chap 1

Why study hist. geology?

Aug 28

Rocks and minerals

Chap 2

 

Aug 30

Period paper assign, Fossils and life

Chap 3

Writing assign (#1)

Sep 4

Diversity of life

Chap 3

 

Sep 6

Evolution

Chap 3, 7

 

Sep 11

Sedimentary environments

Chap 5

 

Sep 13

Stratigraphy and time

Chap 6

 

Sep 18

Exam 1

Chap 1-7

 

Sep 20

Plate tectonics & mountain building

Chap 9-10

 

Sep 25

In class paper presentations

 

 

Sep 27

Formation of Earth, Hadean

Chap 11

Period paper (#2)

Oct 2

Proterozoic

Chap 12

 

Oct 4

Cambrian-Ordovician

Chap 13

 

Oct 9

Silurian-Devonian

Chap 14

 

Oct 11

Carboniferous

Chap 15

 

Oct 16

Permian, Triassic

Chap 15-16

Writing assign (#3)

Oct 18

Triassic

Chap 16

 

Oct 23

Jurassic

Chap 17

 

Oct 25

Exam 2

Chap 11-16

 

Oct 30

Cretaceous

Chap 17

 

Nov 1

Cretaceous

Chap 17

 

Nov 6

Election Day

 

 

Nov 8

Paleogene

Chap 18

 

Nov 13

Neogene

Chap 19

 

Nov 15

Holocene

Chap 20

 

Nov 20

Exam 3

Chap 16-19

 

Nov 22

Thanksgiving

 

 

Nov 27

Holocene

Chap 20

 

Nov 29

Review

 

 

Dec 7

Final Exam Friday 11:30 am

All material

 

 

*This schedule is subject to change