Environmental Geology Syllabis

http://www.umpi.maine.edu/~mccartnk/envg07.htm

Note: This is a draft syllabus as this class uses visiting environmental scientists
as guest speakers and must conform to their schedules

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of Nature.
And it is because on the last analysis we ourselves
are part of the mystery we are trying to solve.

- M. Planck

Syllabis: Gey 213 (Environmental Geology), Fall, 2007:
Lecture: 11-11:50, MWF, Folsom 301

Text: Environmental Geology (8th ed.) by Edward A. Keller
Alternative text, Environmental Geology (2nd ed.), by Lundgren
Groundwater Handbook for the State of Maine (2nd ed.), by Caswell
reading relevant sections from text is considered mandatory.
other readings assigned during course.

Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsum, hours: MWF 10:00-11:00)

office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766
email: mccartnk@polaris.umpi.maine.edu


Grading
No make-up exams unless a valid excuse is given before the missed test.
Tests Research Project
Test 1 Test 2 Written Report Oral Presentation
125 pnts 125 pnts 125 pnts 75 pnts

A steady improvement in test scores may be used in revising grade upwards. Otherwise, grades will not be curved. Attendance can be taken into account in the case of borderline grades.

If you have a disability and need an accomodation or assistance in this course, please make an appointment to talk with me. If you prefer, you may contact Myrna McGaffin in Student Support Services, South Hall.


Below is a tentative schedule of Environmental Geology lectures
(Fall, 2007)

Assignments should be read before class. No final exam!
# date lecture title reading:
Lungren Keller
1 8/27 Introduction, What is Environmental Geology? 1:2-22 1:2-22
2 8/29 Structure of Minerals. 2:34-39
3 8/31 Materials, Minerals, clays and rocks Nuhfer
4 9/3 Materials, their weathering and load-bearing properties
9/5 Last day to drop a class
5 9/5 Materials, their weathering and load-bearing properties 2:38-45
6 9/7 Guest speaker: Fred Corey
Hazardous Materials
7 9/10 Soils and their classification 9:242-248 3:56-60
8 9/12 Soils and soil mapping 9:249-275 3:69-83
9 9/14 Guest Speaker: Dan Lavasseur
Working for Huber
10 9/17 Dwight Doughty, Jr., DOT
11 9/19 Soils from the engineering standpoint Soil Survey; The Soils of Maine
12 9/21 Citation of Sources
13 9/24 Downslope movement 5:116-146 6:132-153
14 9/26 Subsidence 6:147-170; Poland & Davis 6:154-159; Poland & Davis
15 9/28 Water 10:276-292 10:260-266
16 10/1 Surface water flow and floods 7:171-206 5:98-131
17 10/3 Surface water flow and floods 7:171-206 5:98-131
18 10/5 NEIGC Field Trip (Quebec City)
10/8-12 Columbus Holiday
19 10/15 guest speaker, date uncertain
20 10/17 Coastal Processes 8:207-239 9:232-254
21 10/19 Test I
22 10/22 Emergency planning in Aroostook County (visiting lecture) 7:171-206 18:514-519
23 10/24 Geologic Hazards
24 10/26 Introduction to groundwater (Darcy's Law)
10:292-314 10:267-281

and

Groundwater Handbook
for the
State of Maine
25 10/29 Chris Dorion, Wetlands
26 10/31 Mic Mac water testing lab
27 11/2 Groundwater monitoring
28 11/5 guest lecture, date uncertain
29 11/7 Exploration and development
30 11/9 Groundwater quantity and quality
11/12 No class (Veterans Day)
31 11/14 Hydrocarbon Chemistry 13:381-420 11:293-297; 17:475-479
32 11/16 Remediation 13:381-420
33 11/19 Remediation 13:381-420
21-25 (AMERICAN) THANKSGIVING
34 11/26 Test II
35 11/28 Final comments
36 11/30 Guest Lecture?
37 12/3 Student presentations
12/5 Student presentations
12/7 Student presentations
12/0 Student Presentations

Potential Guest Speakers
(*) past students of this course

Paul Blood, DEP
Liz Champeon, retired environmetnal geologist
Tom Weddle, Bruce Hunter, Bob Marvinney?, State Geological Survey
*Fred Corey, Mic Macs
*Sherry Churchill, consulting environmental scientist
*Dan Levasseur, Huber
George Howe, Presque Isle Emergency Planning
other environmental scientists visiting The County
including Chris Dorian (Dorion Geological Services)
Mike Sculley (Northeast Geophysical)
or other opportunities as they develop


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