Introduction to Physical Geology
Subject: Geoscience, Geology
Resource Type: Course Information
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14)
Course Type: Entry Level:Physical Geology
- Students should be able to describe the origin and formation of the Earth in relation to the origin of the universe and the solar system.
- Students should be able to explain the basic structure of the Earth and the nature of solid Earth materials.
- Students should be able to identify common rocks and rock-forming minerals.
- Students should be able to describe the physical processes that operate to reshape our dynamic planet.
- Students should be able to comprehend the magnitude of geological time and understand geology as a science founded on the assumption of uniformitarianism.
- Students should be able to explain the theory of plate tectonics and use this theory to explain volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain chains, continental structure and the origin of the ocean basins.
- Students should be able to describe the geologic history of the Denver area based on direct observations in the field.
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