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Geology R1031 and R5061


Summer Session II, 1996

Instructor:

Paul W. Weiblen
Office Hours:
10:30 - 11:30 Monday through Friday
118 Pillsbury Hall, Tel: 625-3477
email: pweib@maroon.tc.umn.edu

Assistant:

Tatiana Vislova
Office Hours:
10:30 - 11:30 Monday through Friday
125 Pillsbury Hall, Tel: 624-6860
email: visl0001@tc.umn.edu

Course Overview:

Initial lectures will provide an introduction into all the subfields of geology. This background will be used to explore the interactions of the Earth's lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and human activity. The study of these system interactions will focus on their role in production of the Earth's energy and mineral resources, and changes in the Earth's climate and global ecosystem. Reading assignments in Skinner and Porter have been schedulted to enable the student to read the entire text during the five week term. Material in the text that will be covered in the exams will be specified.

Textbook:

The Blue Planet,
Skinner B.J. and Porter, S.C.,
1994, 493 pp., John Wiley

Supplementary Textbook:

Minnesota's Geology,
Ojakangas, R.W. and Matsch, C.L.,
1982, University of Minnesota Press, 255 pp.

Lectures:

Date Topics Reading Assignments
Skinner and Porter
7/18 Introduction and The Earth in the Solar System 1 - 67
7/19 Minerals and Rocks 90 - 111
7/22 The Earth's Interior 68 - 89
7/23 Volcanism 112 - 135
7/24 The Earth's Evolving Crust 158 - 191
7/25 The Principles of Plate Tectonics 136 - 157
7/26 The World Ocean 192 - 223
7/29 Water on Land 224 - 249
7/30 Snow and Ice 250 - 275
7/31 Changes in the Earth's landscape 276 - 309
8/1 The Earth's Atmosphere 310 - 335
8/2 The Desert Environment 336 - 359
8/5 The Earth's Climate System 360 - 387
8/6 Dynamics of the Global Ecosystem 388 - 413
8/7 Evolution of the Biosphere 414 - 441
8/8 Review
8/9 Midterm Exam
8/12 Mineral Resources 442 - 458
8/13 Energy Resources 458 - 469
8/14 The Ozone Shield 470 - 472
8/15 Global Change 470 - 472
8/16 Time Scales of Geologic Processes and Human-Induced Changes 472 - 477
8/19 Global Warming 477 - 493
8/20 Review
8/21 Final Exam

Field Trips

Field Trips

The field trips are an integral part of the course. There will be lecture and discussion sessions on Friday and Saturday evenings on Minnesota Geology and how it illustrates the material presented in class lectures and the reading assignments in Skinner and Porter. Appropriate material in Ojakangas and Matsch will be assigned prior to each trip. Field exercises will be assigned at specific geologic sites. The exercises will be completed during the trip and will be comparable in scope to the laboratory requirements in the regular geology 1000 level courses.
Two Field Trips required; Third Trip optional (assigned exercises in lieu of trip)

1st Trip: The Minnesota River Valley -July 20 and/or July 21
Pleistocene Glaciation, Cretaceous Weathering, Earth's Oldest Rocks
Ojakangas and Matsch, pp. 22-33 and 222-231
2nd Trip: Lanesboro and Southeastern Minnesota - July 27-28.
Paleozoic Sedimentary Rocks, Karst Topography, Rivers and Streams
Ojakangas and Matsch, pp. 62-95 and 232-243
3rd Trip: Northern Minnesota and the Iron Range - August 2-4
Early Continents and Oceans, Origin of Iron Formation
Ojakangas and Matsch, pp.34-45 and 176-197
4th Trip: Duluth, North Shore, Gunflint Trail - August 9-11
The Midcontinent Rift, Precambrian Iron Formations and fossil algae,
ocean floor volcanism, and formation of granitic crust.
Ojakangas and Matsch - pp. 34-61 and 159-176

Special Assignments for R5061

A term paper or research project must be arranged with the instructor during the second week of class.

Tentative Grade Breakdown:

R1031: R5061:
  • Lecture - 60%
    • Midquarter - 25%
    • Final - 35%
  • Field Trips / Exercises - 40%
  • Lecture - 50%
    • Midquarter - 20%
    • Final - 30%
  • Field Trips / Exercises - 35%
  • Term paper - 15%

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