GEOS 201
Field Methods and Structural Geology Fall 2024
Division III Writing Skills

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Geologic history is preserved in rocks and it can be deciphered using fundamental principles such as superposition and cross-cutting relationships. Field observations are essential to understanding the rock record, and data and interpretations are encoded in geologic maps. This course introduces students to topographic and geologic maps, best practices for geologic field work, the field identification of common minerals and rocks, geologic contacts, and structures such as folds, and faults. Students will develop skills for presenting field data in papers, figures, and oral presentations. This course is in the Solid Earth group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture and discussion, three hours per week and laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 1183
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short weekly writing assignments will form the basis for two 10-page papers based on field trips and a final independent project
Prerequisites: Any 100 level geosciences course or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Geosciences majors or students with a strong interest in geosciences
Materials/Lab Fee: $15 for field supplies
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: There will be two 10-page papers, each based on four field trips. Students will submit short field descriptions and figures with captions after each field trip. The shorter assignments will be incorporated in two papers. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
Attributes: GEOS Group C Electives - Solid Earth

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