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Spanish Peaks, Colorado, as viewed in late spring from the north, looking south.

Spanish Peaks, Colorado, as viewed in late spring from the north, looking south. Photo by Vince Cronin.

Home page for the Physical Geology Lab (Geo 1405 The Dynamic Earth)

This page is revised frequently throughout the semester. Reload this page in your browser every time you visit this page to be certain that you are reading the most current course information.

Required Laboratory Textbook

You need to have acquired the following textbook and be ready to work with it
before the first day of the Fall semester (August 24).
AGI/NAGT Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology , 12th edition (paper copy ONLY) Print Lab Manual ISBN: 9780135836972
And yes, this edition is significantly different (and better, in my humble opinion) than the previous edition that was used in the 2019-2020 academic year at Baylor.

You MUST acquire your very own personal copy of the PAPER VERSION of the Lab Manual 12th edition.

You can acquire the Lab Manual either from the Baylor Bookstore, by ordering it directly from Pearson Higher Education , or through other online book vendors like Amazon

If you need any further clarification of this list of required resources, you can email, text, or call Professor Cronin. His phone number was given in an announcement published through Canvas on August 9, 2020.

Lab Safety Information

  1. Your safety during laboratory sessions in Geo 1405 is your responsibility alone.
  2. You are required to take care for the safety needs of your classmates and teachers in connection with all lab meetings and activities.
  3. We will follow the policies and guidelines promulgated by Baylor University and the Geosciences Department in response to the COVID pandemic as the minimum baseline requirements.
  4. The teachers (a group that includes Dr. Lyndsay DiPietro, Dr. Vince Cronin, Sharon Browning, and the graduate teaching assistants) have the authority to enforce the guidelines and policies that relate to this laboratory course, including requiring non-compliant or non-cooperative students to leave the lab room immediately.

Tentative Lab Schedule

The lab schedule is subject to revision. Reload this page in your browser to be certain that you are viewing the most current information.

Dates Lab Manual
Topic and Link
to More Info
Pre-lab Video Assigned
Aug 25-27 -- No lab during the first week of class -- --
Sep 01-03 Chapter 01 Introduction Activities 1.1, 1.6 and 1.7
Sep 08-10 Chapter 02 Plate Tectonics Activities 2.1, 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, 2.8
Sep 15-17 Chapter 03 Minerals Activities 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
Sep 22-24 Chapter 05 Igneous Rocks Activities 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.8
Sep 29-Oct 01 Chapter 06 Sedimentary Rocks Activities 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8
Oct 06-08 Chapter 07 Metamorphc Rocks Activities 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5
Oct 13-15 Chapter 08 Geologic Time Activities 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5
Oct 20-22 Chapter 09 Topo Maps Activities 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 9.6
Oct 27-29 Chapter 11 Earthquakes Activities 11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5
Nov 03-05 Chapter 12 Streams Activities 12.1, 12.3, 12.5, 12.7
Nov 17-19 Chapter 17 Climate Click HERE Activities 17.1, 17.2, 17.4, 17.5, 17.6

To complete these labs, you will usually need a ruler with a metric scale (cm, mm) and a smartphone with a calculator app or an inexpensive scientific calculator ( e.g., Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator, or Casio FX-260SOLAR11 Scientific Calculator — both available at big-box stores for ~$10 or less). You will always need something you can use to write LEGIBLY and CLEARLY on the lab activity sheets. Some lab activities require that you use colored pencils/pens.

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