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GEL 1009
HISTORICAL GEOLOGY

OBJECTIVES

By the end of the semester you will be able to:

  • Explain and use scientific methods of inquiry.
  • Use maps and aerial photographs to examine and illustrate geologic features.
  • Explain the three rock types, describe their characteristics, explain the processes that produce them and explain their importance in interpreting geologic history.
  • Explain the concept and magnitude of geologic time.
  • Explain the concept of relative geologic dating and absolute geologic dating and be able to use the techniques to interpret geologic history.
  • Identify fossils by phyla, use fossils to determine the age of a rock and interpret geologic history.
  • Describe the structure of the interior of the Earth and the concept of plate tectonics.
  • Describe the major geologic events of the Earth’s history.
  • List the major divisions and dates of the geologic time scale.
  • Develop a general geologic history of an area based on the rocks, fossils, and geologic structures present.
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