Presents an overview of the processes and materials that form and shape the planet Earth. The theory of plate tectonics is introduced and used as the basis of understanding the fundamental geological processes that operate both on, and beneath the Earth's surface. The formation and characteristics of minerals and development of the geological time scale, and deformation in the Earth's crust are reviewed as are an introduction to the geology of mineral and energy deposits and the geology of North America. Laboratory work includes identification of minerals, examination of geological maps and structures, and study of geological processes.
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Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
Explain the mechanisms of plate tectonics and the significance of plate tectonic theory to the geological sciences .
Identify the major divisions of the Earth’s crust and describe their physical characteristics .
Describe the chemical and physical characteristics of minerals [1,3].
Identify common rock forming and economic minerals in the laboratory .
Discuss the characteristics and origin of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks .
Describe, identify and name common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks .
Outline the difference between relative and absolute geological time and recall the geological time scale .
Describe stress and strain and their relationship to rock deformation .
Outline the features of common deformation structures such as joints, fractures, faults, foliation and folds .
List common mineral deposits types [1,3].
Describe the formation of coal, oil and gas .
Identify the major geological divisions of North America .
Effective as of Winter 2018
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