Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 2 hours / session
Introduction to Geology (12.001)
Survey of the important aspects of modern sediments and ancient sedimentary rocks. Emphasis is on fundamental materials, features, and processes. Textures of siliciclastic sediments and sedimentary rocks: particle size, particle shape, and particle packing. Mechanics of sediment transport. Survey of siliciclastic sedimentary rocks: sandstones, conglomerates, and shales. Carbonate sediments and sedimentary rocks; cherts; evaporites. Siliciclastic and carbonate diagenesis. Paleontology, with special reference to fossils in sedimentary rocks. Modern and ancient depositional environments. Stratigraphy. Sedimentary basins. Fossil fuels: coal, petroleum.
Two 2 hour lectures per week for the first half of the term: 16 lectures.
Sediment texture (cont.)
||Sediment transport (cont.)
||Carbonate sediments and rocks
||Cherts and evaporites
During the eight weeks, at each lecture students are given a list of three or four questions, on which to supply brief written answers, based on lectures and lecture notes, to be due at the time of the following lecture.
Lec #17: Non-graded group oral examination
Lec #18-25: Laboratory work on sediments and sedimentary rocks
Field Trip: Four full days in the field in southern Nevada and southern California
Final five weeks of the term: Students prepare field reports
There are no graded examinations. The grade is based entirely upon the quality and completeness of the field report.