GEOL 2110

EARTH

HISTORY

Lecture Syllabus (pfd)

Lab Syllabus (pdf)

Geology Seminar Schedule (pdf)


Siccar Point, Scotland

LECTURES
MWF, 9:00-9:50 AM, MonH 70

Instructor:        Jim Miller, Associate Professor
Office Hours:    MW 11:30-1:00, 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:  Kris Asp, MS Grad Student
Undergrad Assts: Nick Spano & Jeff Harrison
TA Office:         112 Heller Hall 
Office Hours:    W & Th: 1-2      
Phone:             763-234-9644 (cell)
E-mail:            aspxx055@d.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
Thursday Seminar
Friday Lecture

1

MLK Day (no school)

 

No Lab

1/22 - Introduction

 

1/24 - Scales of Time and Change
Reading-Chap. 1

2

1/27 Development of Geological Concepts I
Reading-Chap. 2

Chapters
1 & 2

Cancelled - Wind Chill

1/29 Development of Geological Concepts II

 

1/31 Fundamentals of Evolution I
Reading-Chap. 3

3

2/3 Fundamentals of Evolution II

Chapter
3

Description and Classification of Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 1

2/5 Fundamentals of Stratigraphy I
Reading-Chap. 4

 

2/7 Fundamentals of Stratigraphy II

4

2/10 Absolute Dating of Rocks
Reading-Chap. 5

Chapters
4 & 5

Interpretation of Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 2

2/12 Origin and Early Evolution of Earth I
Reading-Chap. 6

 

2/14 Origin and Early Evolution of Earth II

5

2/17 Plate Tectonic Theory I
Reading-Chap. 7

Chapters
6 & 7

Relative Time and Sequence of Events
Chapter 3

2/19 Plate Tectonic Theory II

Midterm I Review

 

 

2/21 MIDTERM
EXAM
I - Postponed

SNOW DAY

Part II: The Precambrian Eon and Paleozoic Era

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

6

2/24 MIDTERM
EXAM
I
Chapters 1-7

Chapter 8 & MNaG-PC
Quiz on Wed!!

Radiometric Dating Techniques
Chapter 6

2/26 The Precambrian - Archean
Reading-Chap. 8
Reading-MNaG-PC

 

2/28 The Precambrian - Paleoproterozoic

7

3/3The Precambrian - Meso- and Neoproterozoic

Chapter
9

Lab Exam #1

3/5 Early Life
Reading-Chap. 9

 

3/7 Venian, Cambrian and Early Ordovian Periods
Reading-Chap. 10


8

3/10 The Late Ordovician Reading-Chap. 11

Chapter
10 & 11

Fossil Preservation, Taphonomy, and Evolution
Chapters 8 & 9


3/12 Paleozoic Geology of MN and WI
Reading-MNaG-Pz

 

3/14 No Class


March 17 - 22 SPRING BREAK

9

3/24 The Silurian and Devonian Periods I
Reading-Chap. 12

Chapter 12

Early Paleozoic Life
Chapters 9 & 10

3/26 The Silurian and Devonian Periods II

 

3/28 The Carboniferous and Permian Periods I
Reading-Chap. 13

10

3/31 The Carboniferous and Permian Periods II

Chapter
13

Later Paleozoic Life
Chapter 11  

4/2 Midterm II Review

 

4/4 MIDTERM
EXAM
II - Postponed
SNOWDAY


Part III: The Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras

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

11

4/7 MIDTERM EXAM II

Chapter 14
(Wed-4/9)

Mesozoic & Cenozoic Life
Chapter 12

4/9 Mesozoic -Geology and Tectonics
Reading-Chap.14


4/11 Mesozoic - The Cordilleran

12

4/14 Mesozoic - Climate and Life


Chapter
15

Plate Tectonics
Chapter 16

4/16 Cenozoic I- Tectonics
Reading-Chap.15

 

4/18 Cenozoic II - Climate & Life
Paleozoic Field Trip Overview

Saturday 4/19 PALEOZOIC FIELD TRIP (Twin Cities area)

13

4/21 No Class

Chapter 16 (1) & MNaG-Q
WEDNESDAY!

Maps B and D
Chapter 15

4/23 Ice Ages of the Pleistocene Epoch
Reading-Chap.16 (p. 465-485)


 

4/25 Pleistocene Geology of Minnesota
Reading-MNaG-Q

14

4/28 Lecture cancelled due to power outage
Reading-Chap.16 (485-495)

Chapter
16 (2), 17

Maps E and F
Chapter 15

4/30 Holocene and Climate Change Studies
Guest Lecturer - Dr. Steve Colman

 

5/2 The Dawn of Humans
Reading - Chap. 17
Precambrian Field Trip Overview

Sun. 5/4 PRECAMBRIAN FIELD TRIP (North Shore)

15

5/5 Sustainability of Mineral Resources

No Quiz

Lab Exam #2

5/7 Course Review/ Study Sheet for Final Exam

 

5/9 Study Day - No Class

Finals
Week

5/12 FINAL EXAM
8:00-9:50AM, Chem 150

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50%: 13-17