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Historical Geology

An Online Course in Historical Geology

Course Overview  

Welcome to Historical Geology online! Bookmark this page now, and use the link to return to the course whenever you log on. Use the e-mail address at the bottom of the page to contact me if you have any questions.

We think you'll find this course very enjoyable. The Geology course series is designed to give you an overview of our planet and how it functions. Last semester, you took Physical Geology, in which you studied the processes that are active on our planet. Historical Geology will give you can overview of the history of our planet from both a tectonic and paleontological perspective. Historical Geology focuses on (1) the historical development of the rock units that make up the Earth's crust, (2) the preservation, documentation, and evolution of plant and animal evidence in the rock record, and (3) the development of the concept of geologic time.

The laboratory component of the course teaches students the fundamental concepts of historical geology by providing realistic situations to which they can apply geologic concepts and data.

  To get started, just select from the list of links in the left column on this page. It's recommended that you start with the syllabus to see the recommended order in which you should approach the course. You should also take a look at the materials required for this course, and the grading policy, which outlines what is expected from you this semester

Keep in mind that this is a content-driven course. That is, reading and memorization are the order of the day, rather than group discussions commonly found in upper level and graduate courses.

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