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Principles of Geology

This course covers a wide range of introductory geology topics. Once completed the course will have prepared the student with a basic compendium of knowledge concerning earth processes, physical structures, and morphology and expression of rocks at the surface of the Earth. Work in this class will consist of the study of solid earth processes, rocks and minerals, and will include several virtual field trips to reinforce the concepts explored in the class. Additionally, I will post several self tests to allow you to check your understanding of the concepts you have learned.

Lectures
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Prerequisites

None. Having Google Earth is vital if you want to explore the evidence for the concepts discussed in the class through virtual field trips.

Syllabus

Classes are not live, but lessons will be posted on Fridays. I'd love for you to ask questions by messaging my reddit account or to become more involved in any way you deem appropriate.

Please make sure you sign up for the subreddit at http://www.reddit.com/r/principlesofgeology. This is where I will be posting lessons, self-tests, and the virtual field trips. Each lesson will be composed of a lecture, homework (optional), and a virtual fieldtrip in Google Earth if necessary.

Part I: Our Home in Space
Lesson 1: Introduction and the Birth of the Earth
Lesson 2: The Solid Earth
Lesson 3: Continental Drift and Paleomagnetism
Lesson 3.5: The Evidence for the Age of the Earth Field Trip and Part I Self-Test
Part II: A Glimpse Into Our Past
Lesson 4: Deep Time - History before History Lesson 5: Fossils and Evolution
Lesson 6: The Ages of Earth
Lesson 6.5: Part II Self-Test
Part III: Our Planet
Lesson 7: Minerals
Lesson 8: Rock Types
Lesson 9: Igneous Rocks
Lesson 10: Metamorphic Rocks
Lesson 11: Sedimentary Rocks
Lesson 11.5: Rock Types Virtual Field Trip and Part III Self-Test
Part IV: Our Restless Home
Lesson 12: Volcanic Eruptions
Lesson 13: Earthquakes
Lesson 14: Mountain Building
Lesson 15: The Future and Course Conclusion
Lesson 15.5: Active Tectonics Field Trip and Part IV Self-Test

Additional information

To see the world in a grain of sand
and heaven in a wild flower.
To hold infinity in the palm of the hand
and eternity in an hour.
--William Blake

Teacher qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and many hours of teaching experience.

Geologist for both Federal and Private Sectors.

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