The earth is a vast cemetary where the rocks are the tombstones
on which the buried dead have written their own epitaphs
- Louis Agassiz
Race after race resigned their fleeting breath
The rocks alone their curious annals save.
- T. A. Conrad
Syllabus: Gey 114 (Historical Geology - History of Life), Spring, 2013:
Lecture: MWF, 11:00-11:50 Folsom 302
Text: Historical Geology: Reed Wicander and James Monroe (6th ed.)
5th edition can be used, as it is very similar and less expensive.Instructor:
Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsum, hours: most MWF 1:00-2:00 and many other times)
office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766
web page: http://connect.umpi.maine.edu/~kevin.mccartney/index.htm
|Tests and Quizes||grades|
|Quiz 1 and 2 (geologic time scale)||25 pnts||A = 90% (504 pnts)|
|Test 1||125||B = 80% (448 pnts)|
|Test 2||125 pnts||C = 70% (392 pnts)|
|Test 3||125 pnts||D = 60% (336 pnts)|
|Final (cumulative)||160 pnts||F = below 60% (360 pnts)|
|Total Lecture||560 pnts||560 pnts total|
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.
Below is a tentative schedule of Historical Geology lectures
Click lecture for day´s quote
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 15, 10:15-12:15
Assignments need to be read before class. # date lecture title reading: Wicander
1-1 1/23 Introduction, What is Historical Geology? ch. 1:2-13 1:2-5, 13-15 1-2 1/25 Our changing view of time 4:61-67 4:66-72 1-3 1/28 Relative - Geologic time scale 4:78-85 4:67, 5;98-100 1-4 1/30 Relative - Geologic time scale 4:78-85 4:67, 5;98-100 1/30 Last day to Drop a class 1-5 2/1 Absolute time and radioactivity 4:57-69 4:72-75 1-6 2/4 Radioactive and other dating methods 4:68-74 4:75-80 1-7 2/6 Radioactive and other dating methods 4:68-74 4:75-80 1-8 2/8 Inventorying the organic world - biological taxonomy B:??-?? B:422-426 1-9 2/11 The Animal Phyla B:??-?? B:422-426 1-10 2/13 The Animal Phyla B:??-?? B:422-426 1-11 2/15 Evolution 7:123-134 7:132-150 2/16 Planet Head Day! click for video February 18 - 22 V A C A T I O N 1-12 2/25 Rates of Evolution, Changes in Diversity 7:123-134 7:132-150 1-13 2/27 Rates of Evolution, Changes in Diversity 7:123-134 7:132-150 3/1 TEST 1 2-1 3/4 Very Early History of Earth 8:157-163
8:154-163 2-2 3/6 Early History of Earth, PreCambrian 8:157-163
8:154-163 2-3 3/8 Precambrian Life and Atmosphere 8:157-163
8:163-170 2-4 3/11 Ecology and trophic levels 2-5 3/13 Fossils 2-6 3/15 FLagarstatten 2-7 3/18 Early Paleozoic, Cambrian explosion 12:232-242 9:189-191, 12:241-252 2-8 3/20 Early Paleozoic, Ordovician - Devonian 12:241-245
12:251-255 2-9 3/22 Later Paleozoic invertebrates, reefs 12:241-245
12:251-255 3/26 Trip to Geological Society of Maine meeting, University of Maine 2-10 3/25 Paleozoic plants and vertebrates, extinction 12:241-245
13:261-277 2-11 3/27 Paleozoic plants and vertebrates, extinction 12:241-245
13:261-277 3/29 TEST 2 4/1 Last day to withdrawl without penalty April 1 - 5 - Spring
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V A C A T I O N
3-1 4/8 Mesozoic animals in ocean 15:296-299 15:304-307 4/10 Trip to Geological Society of Maine meeting, Farmington 3-3 4/12 Mesozoic land, and plants 15:300-310 15:308-322 3-4 4/15 Dinosaurs 15:300-310 15:310-315 3-5 4/17 Dinosaurs 15:300-310 15:310-315 3-6 4/19 K/T extinctions 15:316-317 15:323-324 3-7 4/22 Processes of Climatic Change 17:348-368 17:360-373 3-8 4/24 Processes of Climatic Change 17:348-368 17:360-373 3-9 4/26 Ice Ages 17:348-368 17:360-373 3-10 4/29 Cenozoic Life 16:322-344 18:377-398 3-11 5/1 Cenozoic Life 16:322-344 18:377-398 5/3 TEST 3 4-1 5/6 Man 19:398-409 19:401-413 4-2 5/8 Man 19:398-409 19:401-413 4-3 5/10 Man and Nature E:? E:415-420
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