Maricopa Community Colleges  GLG104   19946-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 9-27-1994

GLG104  1994 Fall - 9999

LAB  1.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  2.4 Load  Acad

Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab

May accompany GLG102. Study of geological structures and rocks, fossils, and geologic maps. May require field trips.

Prerequisites: None.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Natural Sciences (General) - [SG] in combination with: GLG102

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


GLG104  1994 Fall - 9999

Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab



Identify sedimentary rocks in hand specimen. (I)


Classify sediment according to particle size and sorting. (I)


Differentiate between marine and nonmarine sedimentary rocks. (I)


Identify the major tectonic settings of sedimentary rocks. (I)


Describe the process of correlation of rock bodies. (I)


Identify rock units and time-rock units in a geologic column. (I)


Identify the parts of a paleogeographic map. (I)


Identify important fossils in hand specimen. (II)


Use fossils in determining age sequences of rock bodies. (II)


Identify important geologic structures on geologic maps. (III)


Identify large scale geologic structures on geologic maps of North America. (III)


Identify rocks and geologic structures in the field. (IV)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


GLG104  1994 Fall - 9999

Introduction to Geology II - Historical Lab


I. Sedimentary rocks

A. Identification

1. Composition

2. Texture

B. History of sediment

1. Particle size

2. Sorting

C. Sedimentary environments

1. Marine

2. Nonmarine

D. Tectonic settings of sedimentary rocks

1. Cratonic

2. Orogenic

E. Relative age relations

1. Unconformities

2. Correlation

F. The geologic column

1. Rock units

2. Time-rock units

G. Palegeography

1. Ancient shorelines

2. Advance and retreat of the sea

II. Fossils

A. Identification

1. Classification systems

2. Hand specimens

B. Fossils and correlation

1. Age determinations

2. Interpretations of outcrops

III. Geologic structure

A. Geologic maps

1. Folds

2. Faults

3. Structure cross-sections

B. Examples of large scale structures

1. Sea floor spreading/plate tectonics

2. Mountain belts of North America

3. Basement rocks of North America

4. Interior plains of North America

IV. Field geology

A. Geologic structure

B. Rock identification


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