GEOL 2110

EARTH

HISTORY

Lecture Syllabus (pfd)

Lab Syllabus (pdf)

Geology Seminar Schedule (pdf)


Siccar Point, Scotland

LECTURES
MWF, 9:00-9:50 AM, Chem 150

Instructor:        Jim Miller, Associate Professor
Office Hours:    MWF 10-11, or by appt.       
Office:               211 Heller Hall   (222 NRRI)
Phone:              726-6582  (720-4355), Cell 391-5320
E-mail:             mille066@umn.edu      

Textbook: Evolution of the Earth (8th ed.), by Prothero and Dott, McGraw Hill, 2010.

LABS
Section 002: Mon, 1:00-2:50 pm, HH114
Section 003: Tue, 1:00-2:50 pm, HH114
Section 004:  Tue, 10:00-11:50 am, HH114

Teaching Asst:  Sebastian Canterero, MS Grad Student
Office Hours:    M: 10-11, Tu: 3-4      
Office:               210A Heller Hall (3 Research Lab Bldg)
Phone:              726-7599
E-mail:              canta003@umn.edu

Lab Textbook: Deciphering Earth History – Exercises in Historical Geology (4th ed.) by Gastaldo, Savrda, and Lewis, Contemporary Pubishing Co of Raleigh, 2006

Lecture and Lab Schedule (subject to change)

Part I: Introductory Topics

Week
Monday Lecture
Monday Quiz
Lab Session (M/T)
Wednesday Lecture
Friday Lecture

Extras

1

MLK Day (no school)

 

No Lab

1/23 - Introduction

1/25 - Scales of Time and Change
Reading-Chap. 1

 

2

1/28 Development of Geological Concepts I
Reading-Chap. 2

Chapters
1 & 2

Description and Classification of Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 1

1/30 Development of Geological Concepts II

2/1 Fundamentals of Evolution I
Reading-Chap. 3


3

2/4 Fundamentals of Evolution II

Chapter
3

Interpretation of Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 2

2/6 Fundamentals of Stratigraphy I
Reading-Chap. 4

2/8 Fundamentals of Stratigraphy II

 

4

2/11 Absolute Dating of Rocks
Reading-Chap. 5

Chapters
4 & 5

Relative Time and Sequence of Events
Chapter 3

2/13 Origin and Early Evolution of Earth I
Reading-Chap. 6

2/15 Origin and Early Evolution of Earth II


5

2/18 Plate Tectonic Theory I
Reading-Chap. 7

Chapters
6 & 7

Radiometric Dating Techniques
Chapter 6

2/20 Plate Tectonic Theory II

2/22 MIDTERM
EXAM
I
Chapters 1-7

 

Part II: The Precambrian Eon and Paleozoic Era

Week
Monday Lecture
Monday Quiz
Lab Session (M/T)
Wednesday Lecture
Friday Lecture

Extras

6

2/25 The Precambrian - Archean
Reading-Chap. 8

Chapter
8

Plate Tectonics
Chapter 16

2/27 The Precambrian -
Paleoproteroic
Reading-MNaG-PC

3/1 Early Life I
(Sebastian)
Reading-Chap. 9

 

7

3/4 Early Life II
(Sebastian)

Chapter
9

Lab Exam #1

3/6 Class Cancelled

3/8 The Precambrian - Meso- and Neo-Proterozoic

 

8

3/11 Venian, Cambrian and Early Ordovian Periods Reading-Chap. 10

Chapter
10

Fossil Preservation, Taphonomy, and Evolution
Chapters 8 & 9

3/13 The Late Ordovician
Reading-Chap. 11

3/15 No Class
Rock Story Term Paper and Chapter 11 Quiz Assigned

Rock Story Term Paper Instructions
Chapter 11 T-H Quiz


March 18 - 23 SPRING BREAK

9

3/25 Paleozoic Geology of MN
Reading-MNaG-Pz


No Quiz

Early Paleozoic Life
Chapters 10 & 11

3/27 The Silurian and Devonian Periods I
Reading-Chap. 12

3/29 The Silurian and Devonian Periods II

MNaG-Rocks
MNaG-Fossils

Geol of MN Map
Geol of MN-Teach Gd

10

4/1 The Carboniferous and Permian Periods I
Reading-Chap. 13

Chapters
12 & 13 (p.299-320)

Later Paleozoic Life
Chapter 11  

4/3 The Carboniferous and Permian Periods II

4/5 MIDTERM
EXAM
I
Chapters 8 - 13

 

Part III: The Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras

Week
Monday Lecture
Monday Quiz
Lab Session (M/T)
Wednesday Lecture
Friday Lecture

Extras

11

4/8 Mesozoic -Geology and Tectonics
Reading-Chap.14

Chapter
14.1

Mesozoic Life
Chapter 12

4/10 Mesozoic - The Cordilleran

4/12 Snow Day - Class Cancelled

 

12

4/15 Mesozoic - Climate and Life

Chapter
14.2

Cenozoic Life
Chapter 12

4/17 Dinosaur Video

4/19 Snow Day - Class Cancelled AGAIN!!!

 

Sunday 4/21 PALEOZOIC FIELD TRIP, Twin Cities -CANCELLED !!!

13

4/22 Cenozoic I- Tectonics
Reading-Chap.15

Rock Story Term Paper Due

Chapter
15

Maps B and D
Chapter 15

4/24 Cenozoic II - Climate & Life

4/26 Ice Ages of the Pleistocene Epoch Reading-Chap.16 (p. 465-485)

Sat. 4/27 - Sun. 4/28 Central Minnesota Field Trip (Twin Cities Area) - Information, Route Day 1, Route Day 2, PHOTOS
Make-up: Instructions, Interstate Park, Fossil Hunting at the Brickyards, Quarry Park guide

14

4/29 Pleistocene Geology of Minnesota
Reading-MNaG-Q

Chapter
16 (465-485)

Maps E and F
Chapter 15

5/1 The Dawn of Humans
Reading-Chap.16 (485-495)

5/3 Stewardship of Earth Resources

 

15

5/6 Course Review/ Study Sheet for Final Exam/Quiz
Rock Story Term Paper Returned

EH Factoids-give one fact per period

Lab Exam #2

Study Day - No Class

Study Day - No Class

 

Finals
Week

5/13 FINAL EXAM
8:00-9:50AM, Chem 150
Revised Rock Story Term Paper Due

50%:1-13
50%: 13-17