GEOL 601 - Advanced Physical Geology
SCHEDULE - FALL 2001

Week #
DATES*
SUBJECT
REQUIRED READING
1
Aug. 27, 29
Organization and course objectives; Tour of Geol. Dept.; Other ISU resources; Review of bulk earth properties BHW, Chap. 1- 2
2
Sept. 3, 5
FALL SEMINAR FIELD TRIP No new readings
3
Sept. 10, 12
Igneous petrology

BHW Chap. 3-6

4
Sept. 17, 19

Meet the Geology Faculty:

TBA
5
Sept. 24, 26
24: Measures of "geologic time"
26: Student presentations
BHW Chap. 7
Assigned readings
 
SEPT. 30
¡SALSA PARTY!
Recipies
6
Oct. 1, 3
Plate Tectonics BHW Chap. 8-11
7
Oct. 8, 10
Regional Geology of SE Idaho and Snake River Plain Assigned Readings
 
Oct. 11
Noon (tentative) talk by Frank Corsetti (UCLA) Neoproterozoic Biogeochemistry  
8
Oct. 15, 17
Oct. 15: Student presentations; Review for Exam
Oct. 17: Midterm Exam
No new readings
9
Oct. 22, 24

22: Metamorphic petrology

NOTE: Mike will be gone to a meeting in South America (SSAGI III) from October 19-30. Lectures will be continued by other faculty

24: Guest Lect.(Joe?) Seismic reflection ...

BHW 12-13
10
Oct. 29, 31

29: Guest Lect. (DWR) Structure
31: Guest Lect. (PKL) Sed-Strat

29: BHW 14-15
31: BHW 16-20 (selected parts TBA in class)

11

Nov. 5, 7
Multidisciplinary attacks on fundamental geological problems (geochemistry, geophysics, "classical" geology, etc.). Basics of stable isotope geochemistry.
TBA
12
Nov. 12, 14
Proterozoic snowball earth - did it exist? How do you form the basis of an argument for an "environmental system" that is over 500 m.y. old?
Student presentations and "roundtable discussions"
TBA
13
Nov. 19, 21
THANKSGIVING VACATION No new readings
14
Nov. 26, 28
Sorting out tectonic and global climate effects on marine systems.
Student presentations and "roundtable discussions"
TBA
15
Dec. 3, 5
Selected research papers on "hot topics" from modern literature.
Student presentations and "roundtable discussions"
TBA
16
Dec. 10, 12
Student presentations; Review for final exam No new readings
17
Dec. 17
Final Exam, 10:00 am - 12:00 PM

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