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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)

1/13 T 1: The Dynamic and Evolving Earth rock description  
1/20
(off Mon)

T 2: Earth Materials - Minerals and Rocks

rock origins  
1/27 T 2: Earth Materials - Minerals and Rocks

T 6: Sedimentary Rocks

rock origins rock descriptions & origins - 15 pts.
(L: Chapter 1 )
2/3 T 5:, p. 89-93: Fossils fossil origins fossil descriptions - 15 pts.
L 4: p. 142-147
2/10 T5: Rocks, Fossils, & Time

project introduction

correlation  
2/17
(off Mon)
T5: Rocks, Fossils, & Time

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

2/24 TIME SCALE EXAM (TBA) Mike at Ocean Conference Facies mapping - 15 pts.

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

3/3 T 3: Plate Tectonics
T 6: Sedimentary Rocks
plate tectonics and rocks  
3/10

SPRING BREAK

3/17

MON: MID-TERM EXAM (take home)

WED:The Archean Eon

Interpretation of the Earth’s History - relative dating match rocks to environments of formation - 30 pts
3/24 (off Fri)

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

MON: MID-TERM EXAM DUE

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

Group Work Time and Ordering of Events - 15 pts.
L: ex. 2-1, parts A-D & F (p. 70-73, 75-76)
3/31 MON: Proterozoic Eon

WED: Cambrian & Ordovician

Fossil Identification Radiometric Dating - 15 pts.
L: ex 2-5, 3 (p. 80-81)  &  ex 2-9 (p. 86-87)
4/7 MON: Silurian & Devonian

WED: Mississippian - Permian

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

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

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

4/14 MON: Triassic & Jurassic

WED: Cretaceous

Mass Extinctions

Late Paleozoic fossils - 15 pts. (handout)

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

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

4/21 MON: Paleogene & Neogene

WED: Pleistocene & Holocene

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

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

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

4/28

T7: The Diversity of Life

cladistics Cenozoic fossils - 15 pts. (handout)

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

Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
fossil guidebooks (in lab)

5/5

T 7: Evolution

  cladogram - 10 pts.
5/8-5/13 FINAL EXAM (Monday, 5/12)
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