Physical Geology Notes by Dale Easley

UD students at Arches National Park, Summer, 2011

Physical Geology Notes by Dale H. Easley
Jump to material for
Test 1,   Test 2,   Test 3,   Test 4,   Old Example Tests,  or Labs

Text: Exploring Geology by Reynolds et al., 2007, McGraw-Hill. Amazon listing

Course Materials Introductory Resources
Syllabus Transformation, Not Information
The Worldview of the Lion King
Laboratory syllabus addendum Other essays
Weekly in-class laboratories YouTube Video of Sir Ken Robinson on education
YouTube Video of Daniel Pink on motivation
Extra Credit Opportunities Video on happiness
Marry a geologist
My Philosophy on Teaching Former UD student on changing your mindset

Material for Test 1: Sept 20th

Where are we?   
Review questions are at the end of each pdf file in the left column.
Chapters Links
1. The Nature of Geology
—The Geology of Iowa
Seeing links
The Talent Code
DNR Web site: Geology of Iowa
Driftless Area
2. Investigating Geologic Questions
YouTube Video on thinking differently
4. Earth Materials
Felsic and Mafic material
The Short History of the Fabulous Bre-X Mining Company
9. Geologic Time
UNO's Contribution to the Death of the Dinosaurs
Evolution and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria
Antibiotic video
Science and Religion
Before Test 1

Material for Test 2: Oct 11th

Where would we like to travel?    
Chapters Links
3. Plate Tectonics
Click on #5 Birth of a Theory
The East African Rift Valley
Deadly Lake Nyos, Cameroon
Video on Mt St Helens
Summary video
5. Igneous Environments
Igneous Rocks and My Dad's Heart Attack
10. The Seafloor and Continental Margins
—Louisiana Geology
Geology and Jazz
USGS site on ocean floor and plate tectonics
11. Mountains, Basins, and Continents
Click on #7 in the Earth Revealed Series

Material for Test 3: Nov 8th

What are the hazards if we move?  
Chapters Links
12.Earthquakes and Earth's Interior
Risk Analysis
Earthquakes in the Mississippi River Valley
Natural Disasters
6. Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards
USGS Web Site: Living with Volcanoes
14. Shorelines, Glaciers, and Changing Sea Level
Pensacola Beach Nourishment Project
Out from the Ice
Hurricane Katrina
16. Rivers and Streams
Video: Fatal Flood
USGS Floods of the 20th century
Major rivers

Material for Test 4: Regular Exam Time

How should we live?  
Chapters Links
17. Water Resources
The Case for Clean Water
Clean Water and Sanitation
Story on groundwater
18. Energy and Mineral Resources
Pulling the Plug on Lake Peigneur and video
The OPEC Oil Embargo and Third-World Debt
13. Climate, Weather, and Their Influences on Geology
—Global Warming
Short Essay on Global Warming
Qatar: Oil, Water, and People
15. Weathering, Soils, and Unstable Slopes
Pigs of Haiti
Roosevelt, My Dad, and Older Students

Example Old Tests

Warning: These old tests are provided to show you how I have made out tests in the past, not what I'll test on this time. My testing and teaching style evolve over time, and the material covered varies from year to year. Some years we've changed texts. Still, I know that copies of old tests are floating around cyberspace, and I hope that by providing these the playing field will be leveled a bit.
NOTE: Slides are part of each test. I review a set that may be on tests prior to the test.

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