soul is full of longing
for the secrets of the sea,
And the heart of the great ocean
Sends a thrilling pulse through me.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Syllabis: ECY 217 (also Gey 212) (Marine Geology), Spring, 2010:
Lecture: MWF 11-11:50. Folsom 302

Text: Invitation to Oceanography, by Paul R. Pinet, 4th edition (copies already ordered)

Instructor: Kevin McCartney (office: 302 Folsum, hours: most MWF 10:00-10:45 and many other times)

office phone 768-9482; home phone 492-4766


No make-up exams unless a valid excuse is given before the missed test.
Marine Geology grades
Test I 100 pnts A = 90% (450 pnts)
Test 2 100 pnts B = 80% (400 pnts)
Test 3 100 pnts C = 70% (350 pnts)
Final 140 pnts D = 60% (300 pnts)
8 page (+/-) paper that deals with
deep-ocean literature covereage
relating to a concept or term
from the course
60 pnts
25 extra pnts
Total 500 pnts F = 60% (300 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.

Course Objectives

Below is a tentative schedule of Marine Geology
(Spring, 2010)

Click lecture for day´s quote
Assignments should be read before class.
# date lecture subject reading (Pinet)
to be revised
1-1 1/20 Introduction, What is Marine Geology?
1-2 1/22 Early exploration and navigation 1:4-24
1-3 1/25 Ocean study as a developing science 1:4-24
1-4 1/27 Sediment sampling 1:24-25, 2:46-48, 4:98-99
1/27 Last day to Add/Drop
1-5 1/29 Sediment sampling 1:24-25, 2:46-48, 4:98-99
1-6 2/1 Interpretation of geological time p. 556 (Appendix III)
1-7 2/3 Absolute time
1-8 2/5 Time and sediment relationships
1-9 2/8 Earth's Crust and Isostacy 2:34-45
1-10 2/10 Determination of Ocean Bathymetry 2:34-45
1-11 2/12 Plate Tectonics 3:63-88
February 13 - 21 V A C A T I O N
1-12 2/22 Shelf Sediments 4:96-114
2/24 Test 1
2-1 2/26 Water 5:137-179
2/27 PLANETHEAD DAY (click for youtube video)
2-2 3/1 Physical Properties of water 5:137-179
2-3 3/3 Properties of water 5:137-179
2-4 3/5 Ocean Influences on Atmosphere, Biosphere 6:??
2-5 3/8 Motions in the Oceans 6:191-229
2-6 3/10 Waves 7:235-260
2-7 3/12 Tides 8:267-292
2-8 3/15 Shoreline Processes 11:386-417
2-9 3/17 Shoreline Processes 11:386-417
2-10 3/19 Deltas 11:408-409
March 20 - 28 - Spring
Is it Spring yet?
3/26 Trip to Geological Society of Maine meeting, University of Maine
2-11 3/29 The mythology of oceans (Atlantis, Mu, and sea monsters)
3/29 First draft of paper due
3-1 3/31 Lagoons and Estuaries 11:424-436
4/2 to be determined
4/2 Last day to withdrawl without penalty
4/5 Test 2
3-2 4-7 Lagoons and Estuaries 11:424-436
3-3 4/9 Reefs 12:447-456, handouts
3-4 4/12 Change
4/14 University Day (time:____)
3-5 4/16 Changing Sea Level 15:537-541
3-6 4/19 Micropaleontology 4:120-121, 9:316-320, 546-547
3-7 4/21 Using Fossils to Interpret History
3-8 4/23 Isotopes and other evidence
Final draft of paper due
3-9 4/26 Biostratigraphy and correlation
3-10 4/28 Major Events and Patterns in Ocean History
4/30 Test 3
4-1 5/3 Ocean Resources, minerals 14: 491-500, also 15:532-537
4-2 5/5 Resources, energy 14: 491-500, also 15:532-537
4-3 5/7 Law of the Sea 14: 491-500

Final Exam: Wednesday, May 12, 10:15-12:15

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