Field trip to Big Bend National Park, Texas to study the structure, stratigraphy, igneous geology, metamorphic geology, paleontology and natural history of this national park.
Taxonomy, morphology, and paleoecology of body and trace fossils representing the major invertebrate phyla; analysis and interpretation of faunal assemblages; evolution and extinction of species. (PR: GLY 201)
Identification and classification of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, their origin and occurrence; their geologic and economic. 2 lec-4 lab.
Megascopic and microscopic identification and a depositional and post-depositional interpretation of the sedimentary rocks. 3 lec-2 lab.
Introduction to the principles of geochemistry. The appli- cation of chemistry to the study of the earth and to geologic problems. Laboratory work includes analysis of rocks, soils, and waters.
The origin and occurrence of petroleum, coal, and natural gas; the relationships of accumulations to depositional environments and structural history; methods used in exploration, evaluation and recovery. 3 lec-2 lab.
Pre-req: GLY 200.
The computer will be used for compilation, reduction, data analysis and modelling from a wide range of geological problems. Existing and student developed programs will be used.
Identification and analysis of the earth's surficial features in terms of stratigraphy, structure, processes, tectonics, and time. 3 lec - 2 lab.
The properties of water, the hydrologic cycle with emphasis on surface and groundwater processes. The uses, needs and problems associated with water resources.
Laboratory and field experiments studying principles and concepts of hydrology. 2 lab.
Consideration of risks posed by natural geo-hazards and from physical/chemical contamination of geological media.
Consideration of geotechnical problems faced by geologists and engineers. Major topics include mechanics and classification of soil and rock, and geotechnical aspects of groundwater.