Geo 21 Schedule

Tentative Schedule

Geology 21: Earth Surface Dynamics

Tentative schedule, guaranteed to be revised

Amherst College

Spring 2011

Meeting

Planned Topic

Notes

WEEK 1

 

 

Jan 24 

Intro and Deep Time

 

Jan 25

Lab: Intro to Stella Modeling

Bring a laptop

Jan 26

Stellar Evolution and Elements

 

Jan 28

Isotopes: Radiogenic and Stable

 

WEEK 2

 

 

Jan 31

Global Energy Balance

 

Feb 1

Lab: Energy Balance Models

Bring a laptop

Feb 2

Atmospheric Circulation I

 

Feb 4

Atmospheric Circulation II

Problem Set #1 due Friday, Feb 4

WEEK 3

 

 

Feb 7

Ocean Circulation I

 

Feb 8

Lab: Thermohaline Circulation Models

Bring a laptop

Feb 9

Ocean Circulation II

 

Feb 11

Ocean Chemistry I

 

WEEK 4

 

 

Feb 14

Ocean Chemistry II

 

Feb 15

Lab: Climate Models

Bring a laptop

Feb 16

Microbes and Metabolism

 

Feb 18

Guest Lecture (Adam Maloof, Princeton University)

 

 

 

Problem Set #2 due Friday, Feb 18

WEEK 5

 

 

Feb 21

Diversity & Evolution I

 

Feb 22

Lab: Fossils and Evolution

 

Feb 23

Diversity & Evolution II

 

Feb 25

Test

Test #1 in class on Friday, Feb 25

WEEK 6

 

 

Feb 28

Weathering and Soils

 

Mar 1

Lab: Soil Pit

 

Mar 2

Glaciers I

 

Mar 4

Glaciers II

 

WEEK 7

 

 

Mar 7 

Rivers I

 

Mar 8

Lab: Surficial Geology of Amherst Area – Maps

 

Mar 9

Rivers II

 

Mar 11

 

Problem Set #3 due Friday, Mar 11

WEEK 8

 

 

Mar 14-18 

Spring Recess – no class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 9

 

 

Mar 21

Coastal Processes/Environments

 

Mar 22

Lab: Coastal Dynamics

 

Mar 23

Continental Shelf

 

Mar 25

Sea Level

 

WEEK 10

 

 

Mar 28

Sedimentary Basins

 

Mar 29

Lab: Wave Tank and Flume

 

Mar 30

Sed Environments

 

Apr 1

Test

Test #2 in class on Friday, April 1

WEEK 11

 

 

Apr 4

Carbon Cycle I

 

Apr 5

Lab: Surficial Geology of Amherst Area – Field Trip

 

Apr 6

Carbon Cycle II

 

Apr 8

Origins and Early Earth

 

WEEK 12

 

 

Apr 11

Oxygen

 

Apr 12

Lab: Carbon cycle models

 

Apr 13

Snowball Earth

 

Apr 15

Cambrian Explosion

Problem Set #4 due Friday, Apr 15

WEEK 13

 

 

Apr 18

Paleozoic I

 

Apr 19

Lab: Fossils and Environments

 

Apr 20

Paleozoic II and P-Tr Extinction

 

Apr 22

Mesozoic I

 

WEEK 14

 

 

Apr 25

Mesozoic II and K-T

 

Apr 26

Lab: K/Pg Boundary Event Stratigraphy

 

Apr 27

Cenozoic I

 

Apr 29

Cenozoic II

Problem Set #5 due Friday, Apr 29

WEEK 15

 

 

May 2

Pleistocene I

 

May 3

Lab: Final Project

 

May 4

Pleistocene II

 

May 6

Test

Test #3 in class on Friday, May 6


Problem Set Schedule

 

 

Due Date

Topic

1. Friday, February 4

U-Pb and Pb-Pb Geochronology

2. Friday, February 18

Ocean Chemistry

3. Friday, March 11

Postglacial Rebound and Mantle Viscosity

4. Friday, April 15

The Huronian Succession and the Rise of Oxygen

5. Friday, April 29

Paleomagnetic Records and the Breakup of Pangea

 

 

 

 

Taking Notes