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Processes and Concepts of Geology

Robert J. Varga
Robert J. Varga

Course URL: http://geol200.voices.wooster.edu/
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This is an example of a physical-historical geology course, an excellent vehicle for teaching plate tectonics. From the syllabus: This course begins with an introduction to basic Earth materials and analyses of their origins and distributions. A considerable portion of the course covers "Geological Time", stratigraphic principles and how geologists develop chronologies of Earth history from the rock and fossil record. The remainder of the course is devoted to the history of the Earth from its origin through the Pleistocene "Ice Age". This course lays the groundwork for more advanced geology courses.

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This course is intended to follow an introductory course and to prepare students for the rest of the geology curriculum.

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This course brings together: and is intended to serve as a foundation for later courses in geology.

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This web site is mostly a syllabus including:


The grade is determined by exams, quizzes, homework, lab (30%!), and some participation.

References and Notes:

The Changing Earth: Exploring Geology and Evolution (3rd Ed.) by by James S. Monroe and Reed Wicander is a Earth history text that is especially strong on physical geology. Like many modern Earth history texts, it comes with an interactive CD, and is moderately expensive (about $100 for a paperback version). ISBN: 0534375502.

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