Rocks and fossils of North America, the Great Lakes and the Grand Traverse region which reveal the physical, chemical, and biological evolution of the planet Earth are explored in classroom, laboratory, and field studies (including a required 4-day field excursion to Elliot Lake, Ontario). Group 1 lab course.
Corequisites ENV 112L
Recommended Prerequisites or Skills Competencies ENV 103
or ENV 111
or GEO 105
; ENG 111
, MTH 111
General Education Outcomes supported by this course
Course Learning Outcomes Knowledge:
- Explain the structure of the geologic time scale, how the age of the Earth has been determined, relative dating, and numerical dating methods.
- Identify common rocks, fossils, minerals, and sedimentary structures.
- Explain the theory of evolution.
- Describe the process of fossilization.
- Explain tectonic processes including how tectonic boundaries form and change through time.
- Explain the major tectonic and evolutionary changes throughout Earth's history.
- Determine relative ages and calculate numerical ages using radiometric age dating methods.
- Be able to interpret rocks and fossils with regards to the depositional environment or tectonic setting of formation.
- Construct geologic maps and cross-sections to interpret geologic history of an area.
- Evaluate the geologic history of an area to construct geological cross sections maps.
- Connect geologic events with the distribution of natural resources and the impact they have on local economies.
- Integrate key concepts from Physical Geology and Historical Geology into a field report detailing the geologic history of the Huronian Supergroup exposed near Elliot Lake, Ontario.
Caring - Civic Learning:
- Work collaboratively while researching the Huronian Supergroup.
- See themselves as field geologists.
Learning How to Learn:
- Describe how past geologic events and developments in evolution have shaped our world and modern ecosystem and how they have influenced the occurrence of resources.
- Describe how the development of natural resources have influenced the world.
- Apply geologic investigation skills in real world applications.