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Home Page: Cronin's The Dynamic Earth

The course ID that you need to register for MasteringGeology is CroninDynamicEarthF2017

If you have questions, comments or problems related to this course, please contact Dr. Cronin using your Baylor email account at Vince_Cronin@baylor.edu


Current Tentative Syllabus for the Lecture Section

http://CroninProjects.org/Vince/Course/PhysGeol/1405SyllabusFall17.html


Lab Home Page and Syllabus

Lab homepage: http://croninprojects.org/Vince/PhysGeoLab/index.htm

Lab syllabus: http://croninprojects.org/Vince/PhysGeoLab/Geo1405-LabSyllabus-Fall17.html


Final Exam Schedule For This Course

The final exam for this course is scheduled will be administered in the same classroom where we meet for lectures, from 2-4 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Quizzes and exams for this course will not be administered through OALA. Separate accommodations will be made available to students who require additional time, etc.

Do not schedule your wedding, funeral, court date, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, or anything else to conflict with this final-exam date/time!


Some web resources

MasteringGeology Canvas LMS Earth Science Literacy Principles Google Earth software
Earthquake videos Geologic time Images of rocks and minerals Cronin's genetic journey, from the Genographic Project
Genographics Project List of recommended books NASA's Earth Observatory images

Some dates you should know

(kyr = thousand years; Myr = million years; Gyr = billion years)


Course Log

Introduction

  1. Reading: Read all of chapter 1, and study in particular Section 1.3, the "Earth System Science" and "The Earth System" parts of Section 1.4, and Sections 1.7 & 1.8
  2. Vocabulary to learn: reproducible, testable, falsifiable, hypothesis, theory, scientific methods, plate tectonics, system (as in Earth systems), core, mantle, asthenosphere, lithosphere, continental crust, oceanic crust, mineral, sediment, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, metamorphic rock.
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. The best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology (www.americangeosciences.org/pubs/glossary. This content is available in hardcopy (a hard-cover book), as an e-text for Kindle and Nook, and in a mobile app for smartphones and tablets.
  3. Homework handout: CroninProjects.org/Vince/Course/PhysGeol/GoogleEarthHomework.pdf
  4. Presentation file: CroninProjects.org/Vince/Course/PhysGeol/1405-Intro-1-S.pdf
  5. Introductory material about the nature of science (doc file, 48 KB)

Plate Tectonics

  1. Reading: Read and study ONLY the following sections of chapter 2: Sections 2.4 through 2.11
  2. Vocabulary to learn: lithosphere, asthenosphere, lithospheric plate, divergent plate boundary, convergent plate boundary, transform plate boundary, mid-ocean ridge, spreading center, axial valley, rift valley, axial rift, continental rift, subduction zone, deep-ocean trench, partial melting, continental volcanic arc, island arc, transform fault, oceanic fracture zone, Pangaea, hot spot, hot-spot track, mantle plume, paleomagnetism, normal and reversed magnetic polarity, magnetometer, magnetic time scale, slab pull, ridge push, trench pull, convection
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. Remember that the best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology.
  3. Tutorials
    1. Rigid lithosphere overlies the weak asthenosphere: https://goo.gl/KH1iAR
    2. Continental rifting: Formation of new ocean basins: https://goo.gl/s4RWua
    3. Transform plate boundaries: https://goo.gl/SaoJ2o
    4. Time scale of magnetic reversals: https://goo.gl/e9Qwe2
  4. Mobile Field Trip
    1. Rift valley: https://goo.gl/RsbHWM
  5. Condor Video
    1. East Africa rift valley: https://goo.gl/Gp4pje
  6. Handouts: Tectonics-Handouts-F2017.pdf
  7. Presentation file: TectonicsF2017-S.pdf L
  8. Notes and Study Questions

Atoms, Elements, Minerals

  1. Reading: Read and study chapter 3
  2. Vocabulary to learn:
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. Remember that the best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology.
  3. Presentation file: 1405Rox&IgRox2017-S.pdf L
  4. Notes and Study Questions

Igneous Rock and Volcanoes

  1. Reading: Read and study chapters 4 & 5
  2. Vocabulary to learn: magma, intrusive, extrusive, shield volcano, stratovolcano, tephra, lava, aphanitic, phaneritic, porphyritic, groundmass, phenocrysts, porphyry, obsidian, tachylyte, pyroclastic, pumice, tuff, xenolith, scoria, cinder, vesicle, vesicular, pegmatite, pyroclastic breccia, felsic tone/composition, intermediate tone/composition, mafic tone/composition, alakalai feldspar, potassium feldspar (K-spar), plagioclase feldspar, pyroxene, hornblende, quartz, biotite, muscovite, olivine, granite, rhyolite, diorite, andesite, gabbro, basalt, peridotite, ultramafic, pluton, batholith, stock, dike, sill, ring dike, radial dike, laccolith, country rock.
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. Remember that the best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology.
  3. Presentation file: 1405Rox&IgRox2017-S.pdf L
  4. Notes and Study Questions

Sediments and Sedimentary Rock

  1. Reading: Read and study chapter 6
  2. Vocabulary to learn: .
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. Remember that the best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology.
  3. Presentation file: 1405SedRox-F17s.pdf L
  4. Notes and Study Questions

Metamorphic Rock

  1. Reading: Read and study chapter 7
  2. Vocabulary to learn: .
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. Remember that the best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology.
  3. Presentation file: 1405MetRox-F17s.pdf L
  4. Notes and Study Questions

First Midterm Quiz


Geologic Time

  1. Reading: Read and study chapters 9 (all) and 22 (Sections 22.1-2 & 22.6-9)
  2. Vocabulary to learn: (under construction)
    Consult your textbook or lecture notes for definitions. Remember that the best general source of definitions in geology is the AGI Glossary of Geology.
  3. Presentation file: GeolTime-Pit1-Fall2017-s.pdf L
  4. Notes and Study Questions

Videos suggested by prior students


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