GEOL 125: Earth History: A Planet and its Evolution (F2005: Prof. Hammond)

Reading and Lecture Schedule (Updated 8/21/05 by deh.)

Text: A draft manuscript that covers the material is available in the bookstore. It will be supplemented by website exploration and handouts supplied in class. The manuscript is: Hammond, D. E., Earth History: A Primer, USC Bookstore Course Notes, 198 pp. Page numbers are consecutive in each chapter. Reading for each lab is in the final section of the book.

Other reading: Links to some good websites are in the table below. Double click to complete the link. Use 'back' to return to this page. An asterisk (*) is a required site. If you wish further background reading on any topic, see Prof. Hammond. TBA = to be announced.

Field Trip on Saturday, Oct. 22 or Saturday Oct. 30 (8:00 AM to 5:30PM): Observing rocks in their habitat, using geomorphology to identify geologic structures, finding fossils, and evidence for climate change.

 Date  Topic  Reading  Links
Aug. 22  Introduction: "Life, The Universe, and Everything" Ch. 1; Lab 1

Scientific Method

24

 Physics: Fundamental Forces at Work  Ch. 2  Clever

26

 Heat, Mass, Energy, and Other Physical Properties Ch. 2

 Heat and Thermodynamics

Heisenberg

29

 Chemistry: Atomic Structure and Periodic Table   Ch. 3

Periodic Table

31

 Electromagnetic Radiation: The Light of your Life  Lab 2

Light

Spectroscopy*

 Sept. 2

 Objects in the Sky  Ch. 5

Views from Hubble*

Galaxies*

 5

  Labor Day - No Class    

 7

 What is the Solar System Made Of? Lab 3 Planets

 9

  The Life of a Star and Element Synthesis Ch. 6  Life of a Star

12

Telling Time: Radioactive Dating Lab 4  

14

 Earth Birth Ch. 7 Summary

16

The Universe Ch. 8

Cosmic scales

Dark matter

19

The Big Bang  Ch. 8  Summary

21

  Cosmology and Review (the third link is a more advanced article for those with great interest) Ch. 8  Recent developments
 Microwave Anisotropy
 Accelerating Universe

23

  Exam 1 (Covers thru 9/21 lecture)  

26

 Chemical Bonding and Minerals  Lab 5  

 28

  Rocks  Lab 6  

30

 Reading Rocks: Environments & Relative Time  Ch. 9

 Geologic Time

Mnemonic Tricks

  Oct. 3

 Structures: Faults, Folds, and Mountains  Lab 7  

  5

 Grand Canyon Tour  Ch. 9, Lab 7  Pictures

  7

 Seismology and Earth's Interior  Ch. 10

 More on Quakes

Reflection/refraction

  10

 Plate Tectonics  Ch. 11, Lab 8

  Plate Tectonics*

Geologic Cycles*

  12

  Paleomagnetism  Ch. 12

 Sea Floor Mag.*

Paleolatitude*

14

  California Geology I Ch. 13

17

  California Geology II Ch. 13  

19

  Mineral Deposits and Tectonics  TBA  

21

  Fossils: Organisms and the Record of Life  Ch. 14, Lab 10  Berkeley Museum

24

Biology: Lamarck, Darwin, Evolution, and DNA  Ch. 14  

26

  The Primordial Soup and the Origin of Life  Ch. 14  Astrobiology

28

Catastrophism, Mass Extinctions, & the K-T Boundary  Ch. 14

  Mass extinctions

 K-T boundary

31

  TBA    

Nov. 2

  Exam II (Covers thru 10/31 lecture)    

4

  Making an Atmosphere and Oceans  Ch. 15  

7

 Linear & Non-linear Models: Predictability & Chaos Lab 11  

9

  Making Continents  Ch. 16  

11

  Hadean, Archean and Proterozoic Eons  Ch. 17 Hadean*
 Archean*
 Proterozoic*
Proterozoic Life*
cyanobacteria*
stromatolites*
bacteria*
oxygen*
Berkeley Museum

14

 The Phanerozoic I  Ch. 18, Lab 12

Paleozoic*

Mesozoic*

Cenozoic*

follow links to all periods of these eras

16

 The Phanerozioc II  Ch. 18  Berkeley Museum*

18

 Global Climate: Thermostating the Planet  Ch. 19   Climate Change

21

 Mechanisms for Climate Change  Ch. 19

 Ocean Circulation

 Milankovitch*

23

 Ice Houses and Greenhouses  Ch. 20 Glaciers and landforms

25

 Holiday    

28

 Regulating the Atmosphere Ch. 20 CO2*

30

Cenozoic Evolution and Man Ch. 21

 Overview*

Migration to N. Am.

Dec. 2

 Evaluations and Recap    

 12

  FINAL EXAM: 11 AM - 1 PM