12.001 | Fall 2013 | Undergraduate
Introduction to Geology

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[GZ] = Grotzinger, John, and Thomas H. Jordan. Understanding Earth. W. H. Freeman and Company, 2006. ISBN: 9780716766827.

Not every session had a reading assignment. Only sessions with reading assignments are listed below.

SES # LECTURE TOPICS READINGS
1 Overview: Introduction to the Introduction of Geology [GZ] Chapter 1.
2 Origin and Age of the Earth [GZ] Chapters 9 and 14.
3 Introduction to Minerals [GZ] Chapter 3.
4 Igneous Rocks [GZ] Chapter 4.
5 Metamorphic Rocks [GZ] Chapter 6.
6 Sedimentary Rocks [GZ] Chapter 5.
8 Rock Structure and Deformation [GZ] Chapter 7.
11 Geologic Time: Relative versus Absolute Dating [GZ] Chapter 8.
12 Volcanoes [GZ] Chapter 12.
13 Plate Tectonics [GZ] Chapter 2.
14 Plate Tectonics (cont.) [GZ] Chapters 10 and 14.
17 Continental Crust Formation [GZ] Chapter 10.
18 Oceanic Crust Formation [GZ] Chapter 4.
19 Earthquakes [GZ] Chapters 13 and 14.
22 Field Techniques D & R Reading.
28 Rivers [GZ] Chapter 18.
31 Landslides and Debris Flows [GZ] Chapter 16.
32 Glaciers [GZ] Chapter 21.
33 Climate through Geologic History [GZ] Chapter 22.
34 Earth History and Geobiology [GZ] Chapter 11.
35 Earth Science and Society [GZ] Chapter 23.
36 Comparative Planetology [GZ] Chapter 9.
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