M-W-F, 11:00 AM, BohH 90





Week      Date                                      Lecture Topics                                                     Reading                 Laboratory

                                                                                                                                                                                (UMD Manual)

I              Sept. 7-10                             Introduction,                                                                                        No Lab

                                                             Geologic Time                                                      276-297


II             Sept. 13-17                           Geologic Time, Great Extinction’s                                                   Fossils

                                                               Plate Tectonics                                                     33-65


III           Sept. 20-24                           Rock Cycle, Minerals                                          68-83                     Minerals

                                                              Igneous Rocks                                                     92-109


IV           Sept. 27-Oct 1                      Igneous Rocks                                                                                   Geology of the Boundary                     

Volcanoes and People                                    111-136                   Water and North Shore

                                                                                                            Igneous Rocks      


V             Oct. 4-8                                  Volcanoes and People                                                                        Field Trip

                                                                Exam I, Friday, Oct. 8 (100 pts)                                          


VI           Oct 11-15                              Weathering, Sedimentary Rocks                       138-172                 Sedimentary and

                                                               Metamorphic Rocks                                           175-192                 Met. Sed. Rocks


VII          Oct 18-22                              Mineral Resources                                               321-348                 EXAM I (50 PTS)

                                                              Earthquakes                                                         200-229


VIII        Oct. 25-29                             Earthquakes                                                          200-229                 Earthquakes

                                                              Mass Wasting & Mud Flows                             361-376


IX           Nov. 1-5                                Rivers and Floods                                                378-402               Topo Maps

                                                               Groundwater                                                        430-449


X             Nov 8-12                               Groundwater, Glaciers                                        469-497                 Minnesota’s Glacial

                                                                Exam II, Friday, Nov. 12 (100 pts)                                 Geology                                                                


XI           Nov. 15-19                            Glaciers                                                                  449-497                 Global Ice Caps



XII          Nov. 22-24                            Formation of Lake Superior                                                             No Lab

                                                              Thanksgiving Break                                                                           


XIII        Nov. 29-Dec. 3                     Hot Springs, Sea Floor Vents                             439-446                 The Carbon Cycle



XIV        Dec. 6-10                               Deserts                                                                   451-467                 A Habitable Planet

                                                              Coasts & Seas                                                      404-428                


XV          Dec. 13-15                            Climate, Climate Change and Geology          499-517                EXAM II (50 PTS)


FINAL EXAM: Tues., Dec. 21, 10-12am (200 PTS)

Total Course Points- 533


There will also be opportunities to earn extra credit points at various times during the Semester


Text:  Essentials of Geology, 3rd edition  Stephen Marshak

Instructor: Ron Morton, HH 227,726-7218, rmorton@d.umn.edu

Office Hours:1:00-2:00 Mon,  11:00-12:00 Tues, Thurs.  or by appointment




Laboratory Requirement


Your lab instructor will be a geology teaching assistant. Your lab grade will count for about 25% of the total course grade. If this part of the course is not completed, you will receive a grade of I (Incomplete) for the entire course. 


You are expected to attend the lab section for which you registered.  Each lab is worth 3 points (attendance plus lab project).  There will also be a field trip to Leif Erickson Park.  This will be during the week of April 23-27 and will be worth 3 points.



Lab Schedule


45230  LAB 08:00 A.M. - 09:50 A.M. M

45232  LAB 01:00 P.M. - 02:50 P.M. M

45234  LAB 04:00 P.M. - 05:50 P.M. M

 45236 LAB 12:00 P.M. - 01:50 P.M. Tu


45238LAB 04:00 P.M. - 05:50 P.M. Tu

45240 LAB 08:00 A.M. - 09:50 A.M. F

 45242 LAB 08:00 A.M. - 09:50 A.M. Tu

 45246 LAB 12:00 P.M. - 01:50 P.M. W

45248LAB 04:00 P.M. - 05:50 P.M. W

47454LAB 08:00 A.M. - 09:50 A.M. Th

 47456 LAB 02:00 P.M. - 03:50 P.M. W
47458LAB 10:00 A.M. - 11:50 A.M. Th

47460 LAB 10:00 A.M. - 11:50 A.M. Tu




Liberal Education Goals and Objectives: The unifying themes of plate tectonics, environmental geology, and natural resources give a dynamic and useful framework for understanding how our planet works, and the processes that shape the land surface we live on and with.  Much of what students learn in this course will be relevant to, and recalled throughout, their lives.


Course description:  Using the concepts of geological time and plate tectonics as the framework, this course will investigate planet Earth; the materials that make it up, its internal and external processes, and its long, intricate history.  From volcanoes and earthquakes, to floods, glaciers, and mass extinctions we will go where the sidewalk ends and explore this dynamic, awesome place we all call home.  




It is the policy and practice of the University of Minnesota Duluth to create inclusive learning environments for all students, including students with disabilities.  If there are aspects of this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or your ability to meet course requirements – such as time limited exams, inaccessible web content, or the use of non-captioned videos – please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Resources to discuss and arrange reasonable accommodations.   Please call 218-726-6130 or visit the DR website at www.d.umn.edu/access for more information. 


Conduct and Integrity Code: The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code ( http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/code ).  Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student
learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones,
text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities.

Academic Integrity: Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students.  UMD is committed to providing students
every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit.  This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness.  As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community.  In keeping with this ideal, this
course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at
www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/integrity .  This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offender.