Course Number

GEOL 190

Course Title

Evolution of Planet Earth

Course Date

Fall 2016

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

William Peck, Geology

Document Type





This course explores our planet’s 4.56 billion year history and how geologists unearth the past through examination of minerals, fossils, and rocks. Earth’s evolution is a natural experiment that cannot be reproduced, and this course will make use of primary observational and interpretative tools that geologists use to understand the past. Age dating techniques, plate tectonics and origin of continental crust, mountain building events, and evolution of Earth’s landscape, atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere will be examined in the context of the geological evolution of North America. Laboratory sessions will focus on analysis of rocks, minerals and fossils and geology in the field, with an emphasis on field data collected during trips to local geological localities.


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