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  • Laboratory Studies in Earth History
    Laboratory Studies in Earth History
  • Laboratory Studies in Earth History
    Laboratory Studies in Earth History


Utilizing actual case studies and field photographs, this successful lab manual covers the full spectrum of historical geology sediments, plate tectonics, paleontology, and petrology in flexible, self-contained units. This manual has been developed for use in both non-majors and combined courses in historical geology. The exercises emphasize the principles and methods by which geologists discover the origins and changing nature of our planet.These exercises or "studies" will help students understand how ancient conditions can be read from rocks and fossils, how geologic forces at the surface and within the planet can alter the environment, and how events of the past can be placed within an integrated chronological sequence. The exercises are designed for students who may not intend to specialize in geology. This does not mean, however, that the treatment is superficial, nor that it cannot give adequate preparation for students pursuing an academic major in the earth sciences.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Sedimentary Rocks
Textural Clues to the History of Sediment
Sedimentary Rocks under the Microscope
Ancient Sedimentary Environments
Tectonic Settings
Sea-Floor Spreading and Plate Tectonics
Age Relations and Unconformity
Rock Units and Time-Rock Units
The Advance and Retreat of Ancient Shorelines
Fossils and Their Living Relatives: Protists, Sponges, Corals, Bryozoans, and Brachiopods
Fossils and Their Living Relatives: Mollusks, Arthropods, Echinoderms, Graptolites, and Plants
Fossil Indicators of Age, Environment, and Correlation
A Brief Survey of the Vertebrates
Geologic Maps and Geologic Structures
Canadian Shield and Basement Rocks of North America
Mountain Belts of North America
The Interior Plains and Plateaus
Identification of Minerals
Igneous Rocks
Metamorphic Rocks
List of Tables
List of Colorplates
List of Plates
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