EPS 101

How the Earth Works---An Introduction to Geoscience

Syllabus Fall, 2002 Section 001, MWF @ 9:00

Professor John Geissman, Room 203 (x3433 or x0887) jgeiss@unm.edu

Office Hours: Monday (10-12), Tuesday(9-11), Wed (10-12),Thursday (9-11), with open door policy. These times are set aside for you to talk about any facet of the course and geoscience in general. Note that I may step out for coffee immediately after class. Java lovers are welcome to join me!

Text: Earth: An Introduction to Physical Geology, 7th edition, by Tarbuck & Lutgens. The reading assignments refer to this book. The book also contains the GEODe III CD, which contains many excellent additional resources. I strongly recommend you to make frequent use of the CD! In addition, the Publisher has established a Web site for the text (http://www.prenhall.com/tarbuck) that contains review exercises, additional resources, etc. Please use it!!!

Examinations/Papers: Each of the three hourly exams will cover material from the previous exam up through the class before the exam; the final exam (2 hours) will principally cover the last quarter of the entire course, although . Exams will contain short and long-answer questions, with some multiple choice questions.

Any material presented in lecture or covered in the associated reading is fair game on the exams. Examples of exams from previous semesters are reached through links below and I very strongly urge you to look the examples that are pertinent to each of the examinations. Although I do not hand out study guides per se, I note that my brief outlines for each topic (see links below) should be very useful -- your class notes should serve as your study guides. NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO MAKEUP EXAMS!! If you miss an exam, you will receive a score of zero.

Homework: There is no homework in this class, but you are required to do one (1) short paper (between five and ten double-spaced pages of text, supporting information extra) on subject of interest. Click here for samples of good papers from previous classes.

CRITICAL DATES: Please keep in mind that the last day to change grading options is September 13th, the last day to drop without a grade is September 27th, and the last day to withdraw with a WP or WF is November 8th, without dean's approval, and December 6th, with dean's approval.

Schedule (with possibility for minor change!):

Date Topic Chapter Useful/interesting links
Aug. 19: Introduction 1 http://www.geosociety.org/
http://earth.agu.org/
http://inet2.agiweb.org/agi/
http://epswww.unm.edu/
21 Overview of Earth Processes,
Geology as a SCIENCE
Internal Structure
(outline for this section)
1 http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/tour/home.html
http://www.natcenscied.org/
23 Overview of Earth Processes, Geologic Time,
“Environmental” issues
1

http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov/features/planets/earth/earth.html

http://geology.wr.usgs.gov/docs/parks/rxmin/rock.htm

26 Minerals
(outline for this section)
 2 http://www.webelements.com/
http://www.minerals.net/
28 Minerals  2 http://web.wt.net/~daba/Mineral/
30 Minerals, material properties  2 http://webmineral.com/determin.shtml

Sept

2

No Class, Labor Day    
4 Igneous Rocks, General Origin
(outline for this section)
3 http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/1080/igneous.htm
6 Igneous rocks, Extrusive (Heat Flow outline) 3,4 http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/
http://www.volcano.si.edu/gvp/index.htm
9 Igneous rocks, Extrusive, Intrusive 3,4  
11 Igneous Rocks, Intrusive
related features
 4 http://seis.natsci.csulb.edu/basicgeo/IGNEOUS_TOUR.html
13

Friday,

FIRST EXAM

 

 http://www.unc.edu/depts/unc_caps/TenTraps.html
http://homeworktips.about.com/library/weekly/aa110697.htm
1st Hourly Exam Samples: (example) (example) (example) (example)

16 Weathering
(outline for this section)
5 http://enterprise.cc.uakron.edu/geology/natscigeo/Lectures/weath.htm
18 Weathering, transportation
of detritus
5  
20 Soil formation and erosion 5

http://www.desertmuseum.org/asdmpress/natural_history.html

http://www.cjnetworks.com/~sccdistrict/soilpro.htm

23 Sedimentary rocks, overview
(outline for this section)
6 http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/1080/sedimentary.htm
25 Sedimentary rocks, differences 6 http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/1080/sedimentary.htm
27 Sedimentary rocks, stratigraphy and geologic time
6 http://vishnu.glg.nau.edu/rcb/RCB.html
30 Metamorphic rocks, General origin
(outline for this section)
7 http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Canopy/1080/metamorphic.htm

Oct

2

Metamorphic rocks, crustal processes
7  
4 Geologic time (relative)
(outline for this section)
8

http://www.agiweb.org/

http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/help/timeform.html

7 Geologic time (absolute) 8 http://geology.cr.usgs.gov/capabilities/gronemtrac/geochron/geochron.html
9 Geologic time, earth processes,
“predictions” in geology
8

http://www.ymp.gov/

http://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/earthq3/safaultgip.html

http://vulcan.wr.usgs.gov/Volcanoes/Cascades/framework.html

11 No Class, Fall Break    
14

Monday, SECOND EXAM

 

http://www.unc.edu/depts/unc_caps/TenTraps.html
http://homeworktips.about.com/library/weekly/aa110697.htm
2nd Hourly Exam Samples: (example) (example) (example) (example)

16 Structural Geology
(outline for this section)
15  
18 Structural Geology, brittle failure, earthquakes
15,16 http://www.consrv.ca.gov/dmg/pubs/cg/teacher/faults.htm
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/
21 Structural Geology, ductile behavior 15,16  
23 Structural geology, geologic maps, field interpretations
15 http://geology.wr.usgs.gov/docs/parks/gmap/gmap1.html
25 Global tectonics, Introduction
(outline for this section)
18,19 http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/geology/tectonics.html
28 No Class, JWG out    
30 No Class, JWG out    

Nov

1

Global tectonics, Earthquakes 18,19

http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/quakexe/quakes
http://aslwww.cr.usgs.gov/
http://www.discovery.com/exp/earthquakes/earthquakes.html
http://www.seis.utah.edu/Welcome.html

http://www.asc-india.org/seismic/afghanseis.htm

4 Global tectonics, plate motions 18,19  
6 Global tectonics, Earth interior 17 http://www.seismology.harvard.edu/Projects.html
8 Global tectonics, plate reconstructions 19,20 http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/dynamic.html
http://www.hartrao.ac.za/geodesy/tectonics.html
http://www.scotese.com/pangeanim.htm
11 Global tectonics, the marine realm
18,19 http://www-odp.tamu.edu/
13 North American geology, overview 20 http://vishnu.glg.nau.edu/rcb/RCB.html
15 Friday, Third Exam (examples)  

http://www.unc.edu/depts/unc_caps/TenTraps.html
http://homeworktips.about.com/library/weekly/aa110697.htm
3rd Hourly Exam Samples: (example) (example) (example) (example)

18 Energy Resources 21 http://www.agiweb.org/
http://www.api.org/
http://energy.usgs.gov/
20 Mineral resources 21 http://minerals.usgs.gov/
22

Groundwater, Albuquerque area

 

11 http://water.usgs.gov/
http://water.usgs.gov/pubs/FS/FS-031-96/ - HDR08
25 Glaciers and eustasy 12 http://www-bprc.mps.ohio-state.edu/GDG/gdgfront.htm
27 Nuclear waste storage
(outline for this section)
  http://www.ymp.gov/
http://www.wipp.carlsbad.nm.us/index.htm
http://www.rfcab.org/index.html
29 No Class, Thanksgiving    

Dec

2

Climate Change (paleoclimatology),
Earth cycles (outline for this section)
  http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/paleo/
4 Climate and Volcanism   http://www.etl.noaa.gov/review/aq/post/
http://denali.gsfc.nasa.gov/research/so2/article.html
6 Overview, Geoscience and YOU!!!!!   http://www.geo.nsf.gov/
http://www.geosociety.org/
7-13 Final Exam Week   4th Hourly Exam Samples: (example) (example) (example) (example)