Syllabus

Schedule of Lectures, Labs and Field Trips

Lectures in Scovel Hall Room 205, Tuesday & Thursday, 8:00 – 9:20 a.m.
Lab Sessions in Scovel Hall Room 216, Tuesday & Thursday, 1:00 – 2:20 p.m.

January 14 & 16 —

Sediments and Sedimentary Processes I
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Siliciclastic sediments
Special events:
Assignments: (Preparation questions)

January 21 & 22 —

Sediments and Sedimentary Processes II
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Sediment analysis. Please download the list of 2020 Potential Research Paper Topics and the included form to turn in to me during your lab this week.
Special events: Required GeoClub lecture: “The Fossil Record of an Abrupt Climate Change: Late Pleistocene Reefs of the Caribbean” (by a certain Professor Wilson); Thursday, 11:00 am, in Scovel 205.
Assignments: (Preparation questions)

January 28 & 30 —

Principles of Stratigraphy — Introduction
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Siliciclastic classification
Special events: Osgood Lecture on Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 pm, Lean Lecture Room (required) — “Can humans and nature coexist? The fundamental challenges and opportunities of sustainability and climate change” (Dr. James W.C. White, Professor of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder).
Assignments: Here is your Essay #1 assignment. (Preparation questions)

February 4 & 6 —

Terrestrial Sedimentary Systems
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Siliciclastic classification
Special events:
Assignments: Essay #1 due Tuesday, 8:00 am, on paper (Preparation questions)

February 11 & 13 —

Deltaic and Estuarine Systems
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Sedimentary structures
Special events: I may have jury duty on Thursday. In any case, the test goes as scheduled.
Assignments: Lecture Test #1 on Thursday, February 13 (Preparation questions).

February 18 & 20 —

Coastal & Shallow Sea Systems
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Siliciclastic facies
Special events:
Assignments: Here is your Second Essay Assignment (due 7:30 am, February 27, in your Dropbox folder). (Preparation questions)

February 25 & 27 —

Carbonate Petrology
Reading
: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab
: Siliciclastic petrography
Special events:
Assignments
: Second Essay Assignment due 7:30 am, Thursday, in your Dropbox folder. (Preparation questions)

March 3 & 5 —

Carbonate Systems
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Siliciclastic petrography (continued); Laboratory Test #1 (Thursday, March 5)
Special events:
Assignments: Laboratory Test #1 (Thursday, March 5) (Preparation questions)

SPRING BREAK!

March 24 & 26 —

Continental Margins and Deep Marine Systems
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Carbonate rocks (introduction) [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]
Special events:
Assignments: (Preparation questions)

March 31 & April 2 —

Evaporites and the Environments in Which They Form
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Carbonate petrology [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]
Special events:
Assignments: Lecture Test #2 on Thursday, April 2 (Preparation questions).

April 7 & 9 —

Siliceous Sediments, Ironstones, and Phosphates
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Carbonate facies; dolomite [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]
Special events:
Assignments:  (Preparation questions)

April 14 & 16 —

Coal and Petroleum
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]
Special events: Field trip on Saturday, April 18. [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]
Assignments: Laboratory Test #2 on Thursday [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]

April 21 & 23 —

Tectonics and Sedimentation
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Research paper writing workshop on Tuesday. Evaporites; flowstones; siliceous sediments; iron formations and ironstones; coal and petroleum. [Canceled due to COVID-19 crisis]
Special events:
Assignments: Research Paper due at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday (April 23) as a Microsoft Word document in your Dropbox folder (Preparation questions).

April 28 & 30 —

Sequence Stratigraphy and other topics
Reading: See linked resources on home page for this week.
Lab: Stratigraphy
Special events:
Assignments: (Preparation questions)

May 5 (Tuesday) — Final Lab & Lecture Examination (3:00 p.m.). We’re using the schedule for the lab time.

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