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GEL 1009
HISTORICAL GEOLOGY

lecture: D229, Mon & Wed 11:00-11:50
seminars: B328, 1: Thu 11:00-11:50, 2: Fri: 11:00-11:50
lab: E101, open lab (you should plan to be in the lab approximately 2 hours per week)

SCHEDULE (subject to change)

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week of READING

T: chapters to be read from "Historical Geology"

SEMINAR TOPIC LAB EXERCISE DUE

L: lab chapter

(handouts for rock and fossil identification are attached)

1/9

T 1: The Dynamic and Evolving Earth

T 2: Minerals and Rocks

rock description  
1/16
(off Mon)
T 2: Minerals and Rocks

T 6: Sedimentary Rocks

rock origins  
1/23 T 2: Minerals and Rocks

T 5:, p. 89-93: Fossils
fossil origins rock descriptions & origins - 15 pts.
(L: Chapter 1 )
1/30 T5: Rocks, Fossils, & Time correlation fossil descriptions - 15 pts.
L 4: p. 142-147
2/6

T5: Rocks, Fossils, & Time
project introduction

T 6: Sedimentary Rocks

transgression & regression Stratigraphy - 20 pts.

rock core description and correlation

L3: p. 112-118, parts A, B, C
L4: p. 152-156, ex. 4-1 thru 4-7

2/13

T 3: Plate Tectonics
T 6: Sedimentary Rocks

group work on projects Facies mapping - 15 pts.

L 3: (101-106) ex. 3-2, 3-3, 3-4

2/20
(off Mon)
T 3: Plate Tectonics
T 6: Sedimentary Rocks
match rocks to environments of formation  
2/27 MON: TIME SCALE EXAM

WED: MID-TERM EXAM (take home)
Exam discussion match rocks to environments of formation - 30 pts
3/6

 MON:The Archean Eon

MON: MID-TERM EXAM DUE

WED: T 4: Geologic Time
T 5: Rocks, Fossils & Time

Interpretation of the Earth’s History - relative dating Time and Ordering of Events - 15 pts.
L: ex. 2-1, parts A-D & F (p. 70-73, 75-76)
3/13

MON: T 4: Geologic Time
T 5: Rocks, Fossils & Time

WED:  Proterozoic Eon

Group Work Radiometric Dating - 15 pts.
L: ex 2-5, 3 (p. 80-81)  &  ex 2-9 (p. 86-87)
3/20 (off Fri) MON: Cambrian & Ordovician

WED: Silurian & Devonian

Fossil Identification Early Paleozoic fossils - 15 pts. (handout)

L: Chapter 4, p. 147-149, 156-198

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

3/27

SPRING BREAK

4/3 MON: Mississippian - Permian

WED: Triassic & Jurassic

Paleozoic Rocks of Illinois Late Paleozoic fossils - 15 pts. (handout)

L: Chapter 4, p. 142-150, 156-198

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

4/10 MON: Cretaceous

WED: Paleogene & Neogene

Mass Extinctions

Mesozoic fossils - 15 pts. (handout)

L: Chapter 4, p. 142-150, 156-198

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

4/17

MON: Pleistocene & Holocene

T 7: Evolution

patterns of life through time
T 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 19
Cenozoic fossils - 15 pts. (handout)

L: Chapter 4, p. 142-150, 156-198

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

4/24

T 7: Evolution

cladistics cladogram - 10 pts.
5/1

T 7: Evolution

evolution & natural selection
5/8-5/11 FINAL EXAM: Earth & Life History (Monday, 5/8)
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