Spring 2009

Principles of Geology

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-11


Tekla A. Harms (Sections 03, 04 and 05)


As the science that considers the origin and evolution of the earth, Geology provides students with an understanding of what is known about the earth and how we know it, how the earth “works” and why we think it behaves as it does. In particular this course focuses upon the earth as an evolving and dynamic system where change is driven by energy generated within the earth. Concepts to be covered are: the structure of the earth’s interior, isostasy, deep time, the origin and nature of the magnetic field, plate tectonics, the origin and evolution of mountain belts, and ocean basins and the growth of the continents over time. In this context, Geology 11 considers a diverse range of topics such as the Appalachian mountain belt, the Hawaiian Islands, Yellowstone Park, the consequences of seismicity, faulting, meteorite impact, and volcanism on the earth’s inhabitants, and the sources and limitations of mineral and energy resources. This is a science course designed for all students of the College. Three hours of class and two hours of lab in which the student gains direct experience in the science through field trips, demonstrations, and projects. Fall semester: Fall and Spring semesters. Fall semester: Professor Crowley. Spring semester: Professor Harms.

Structure Boxes Homework

Submitted by Tekla A. Harms on Friday, 4/3/2009, at 1:56 PM
Structure Boxes Homework is due in class on Friday, April 10. I recommend, however, that you look it over and try to do a few before the test on Wednesday.

Sedimentary Rocks Homework

Submitted by Tekla A. Harms on Friday, 3/13/2009, at 2:49 PM
Sedimentary Rocks Homework is due in class on Friday, March 27 (new date). The sedimentary rocks are available for your study in the lab room. Your sedimentary rocks labs have been returned to the boxes in the lab room.