Geological evolution of the Earth and paleontological evidence for the evolution of marine life, with emphasis on the geological history of North America.
Two lectures, one lab (three hours); one term Students enrolling in this course must purchase a field kit available through the School of Geography and Earth Sciences
Prerequisite: ENVIR SC 1G03 or ISCI 1A24
Antirequisite: GEO 2E03
Crosslist: EARTH SC 2E03, ENVIR SC 2e03
Not open to students with credit or registration in ISCI 2A18
Time/Term Offered: Term One, Fall 2012-13
Instructor: Dr. Ed Reinhardt
Room:General Science Building Rm. 231
Tel:(905) 525.9149 x27594
Office hours: by appointment
Danielle Simkus, GSB 323, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shawn Kovacs GSB 301, email@example.com
The course will focus on the sedimentary and fossil record of the Phanerozoic which represents the last 542 million years of earth history. The start of the Phanerozoic is demarcated by the marked increase in complexity and diversity of multicellular life on the planet (Cambrian Explosion of Life) which evolved through speciation and extinction events to what we have today. We will examine the lead-up to the Cambrian explosion by examining early life forms in the Neoproterozoic and other important events in earth history (eg. extinction of the dinosaurs). We will study the sedimentary and fossil record - we will examine the fidelity of that record, and its representation of earth history. The course will emphasize the linkages with global climate and sea-level change and will focus on the Paleozoic record of southern Ontario which will be examined in both laboratory and field exercises.
- Sedimentary rock identification - siliciclastic and carbonates
- Sedimentary structure identification and environmental analysis
- Fossil identification and interpretation
- Stratigraphic logging and correlation of outcrop sections -- facies analysis
- Geological map reading
Th 15:30-16:20, Tu 16:30-17:20 BSB/B135
Lab 1 We 14:30 - 17:20
Lab 2 Mo 14:30 - 17:20
Lab 3 Tu 08:30 - 11:20
Lab 4 Fr 14:30 - 17:20
Assignments are due in your lab period of the stated week. Bring your Mineral ID kits to every laboratory period. ATTENDANCE WILL BE TAKEN IN EACH LAB PERIOD. YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE PRESENT FOR YOUR DESIGNATED LAB PERIOD. IF YOU MISS THE LAB PERIOD IT WILL BE CONSIDERED MISSED WORK (SEE BELOW). SAMPLES ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE LAB PERIOD.
Required Text Books/Course materials:
Steven M. Stanley, Earth System History, 3rd edition, W.H. Freeman & Company, 551 pgs.
Mineral ID kits are mandatory for all laboratories and fieldtrips - they can be purchased from the Titles bookstore ($35.90). Kit includes laboratory and field items for this, and future courses including fieldcamp. If you do not have the kit, you will not be permitted on the trip.
Labs 1 to 4: 3% each = 12%
Labs 5, 6: 8% and 5% = 13%
Midterm 10% (in class Tues Oct 25th) - Format: Multiple Choice
Lab Exam 15% (week of Nov 18 in lab periods) - Format: Bell ringer and based on labs 1 to 5.
Final Exam (note: exam is cumulative) 50% - Format: 1/2 Multiple Choice, 1/2 Short Answer
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Improper collaboration in group work.
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