Feb 07, 2023
GEOL 211 - Historical Geology
Principles of interpretation of Earth history. Study of plate tectonics and sea-floor spreading as related to the development of continents, ocean basins, and mountain belts. Origin, evolution and diversification of life through time. Laboratory work includes hands-on exercises with fossils. Lecture Units: 3; Lab Units: 1.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: GEOL 210.
Equivalent Quarter Course: GEOL 2102.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F grading only.
Cross-listed: ENSC 211
Course Typically Offered: Variable Intermittently
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Identify common sedimentary rocks and structures, and describe and interpret their origin and distribution.
- Describe the sedimentological, paleoclimatic, tectonic, and biological history of the Earth with a focus on North America
- Explain and apply the basic principles of stratigraphy, paleoecology, and geochronology.
- Explain the theory of biological evolution and how it explains the distribution, diversity, and extinction of organisms
- Identify common fossil organisms and describe their habitat.
- Construct and interpret geologic and stratigraphic maps and cross sections.
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