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  1. Earth History GEOL 2110 Exploring the 4th Dimension

  2. Introductions Instructor: Assoc. Professor Jim Miller Office: 211 Heller Hall and 222 Natural Resources Research Institute (Thursday AM) Phone: 726-6582 (UMD), 720-4355 (NRRI) • Office Hours:11:30 – 1 AM MW (211 HH), and by appointment • ______________________________________________________ • Lab Teaching Assistant:Kris Asp, MS Candidate • Phone: 726-7599 • Email: • Office: HH 112 • Office Hours: W & Th 1 – 2 PM • Undergraduate Lab Assistants: Nick Spano and Jeff Harrison

  3. Textbooks Lecture Lab Deciphering Earth History – Exercises in Historical Geology (4th ed.) by Gastaldo, Savrda, and Lewis, Contemporary Publishing Co of Raleigh, 2006 Evolution of the Earth (8th ed.), by Prothero and Dott, McGraw Hill, 2010


  5. Field Trips Twofield trips will be offered toward the end of the semester. A one-day trip on Sunday, April 20will focus on Paleozoic geology of the Twin Cities metro area. A two-day trip with a camping overnight on Saturday, May 3rdand Sunday, May 4thwill focus on the Precambrian geology of the North Shore and the Gunflint Trail. Students will be required to attend at least one of the two trips. Students attending both field trips will be awarded 5% extra credit to their total class grade. Field trip grades will be assigned based on engagement during the trip, the content and quality of notes recorded during the trip, and a two-page summary of the geological history of the areas visited.

  6. Weekly Quizzes A weekly quiz, consisting of 10 multiple choice questions, will be given at the beginning of class each Monday. The questions will pertain to the reading assignment for the coming lecture(s). Your total quiz grade will be based on your best 10 out of 13 scores – in other words, you get to throw out your lowest three scores of the semester. There will be no provision for making up missed quizzes.

  7. Exams Two mid-term exams are scheduled for normal lecture periods for Friday, February 21stand Friday, April 4th. The midterm exams will include material covered in the lectures and reading assignments since the last exam and may include some quiz questions. A two-hour final exam is scheduled for Monday, May 12thfrom 8:00-9:50 AM in the lecture classroom (Chem 150). Half of the final exam will include new material covered since the second mid-term and the other half will involve material from the first two-thirds of the class. The midterm and final exams will be a combination of multiple choice, matching, and short essay questions. Make-up exams (but not quizzes) will only be scheduled with a previous arrangement.

  8. Grading Midterm Exam 1 (15%) Midterm Exam 2 (15%) Weekly Quizzes (Best 10 of 13 scores) (10%) Final Exam (25%) Lab (25%) Field Trip (10%)

  9. Extra Credit Up to 10% extra credit may be earned in two ways: 1) attending both field trips (up to 5%), and 2) attending and commenting on semi-weekly geology department seminars held on Thursdays at 3:30 PM in Life Science 175. You can earn 1% extra credit for each seminar you attend. To receive credit, you must turn in a half-page summary of what you took away from the seminar topic at lecture on following Friday.

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  11. TIME – The 4th Dimension

  12. Zooming in on Geological Time Eon Era Period/Epoch/Stage Age

  13. Zooming in on Geological Time

  14. Distribution of Time on the Continents

  15. Distribution of Geological Time In North America

  16. Why are Old Rocks Rare?

  17. Next Lecture Scales of Time And Rates of Change Reading – Ch. 1