Earth Sciences 10L: Geologic Principles Laboratory, Winter 2019

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NOTE: Eart10L, Geologic Principles Laboratory, is a separate, 1-credit supplement to Eart10. This course is not required, but is highly recommended.

Eart10L, Geological Principles Laboratory, is an optional (but recommended) one-credit supplement to Eart10. The laboratory sessions will provide opportunities for hands-on learning, with development of skills in mineral and rock identification, structural geology, plate tectonics, and shallow Earth processes.

Eart10 is one of three "gateway" classes to the Earth Sciences major (along with Eart5 and Eart20). Successful completion of the lab section for one of these courses is required for the major, and also is helpful for Earth Sciences minors. Although you can take Eart10 without taking Eart10L, you cannot take Eart10L unless you are currently enrolled in Eart10 or have successfully completed Eart5 or Eart20.

Lab day/time:

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistant:

Amanda Donaldson

Natalie Glines

E-mail:

amdonald .at. ucsc.edu (use a mail client)

nglines .at. ucsc.edu (use a mail client)

Office hours/Location:

Mon 12-1/E&MS D250, Tue 10-11/E&MS A340

Tue 1:20-3:20/A170

Other office hours by appointment. Please call or e-mail first.

Course location and times:

10L-1: Wed 4:30-7:30
NOTE: E&MS D250

10L-2: Wed 11:00-2:00
NOTE: E&MS D226

Lab web site: http://es.ucsc.edu/~afisher/Courses/Eart10, then follow links (same login and password as for class)
Assignments: weekly reading, eight exercises

Quiz (closed-book): lab quiz during last lab session

Grades/Evaluations based on:
Attendance in lab session is mandatory. Exceptions will be granted only under extraordinary circumstances, generally with prior notice. If you miss a lab, you must attend another session during the same week; be sure to inform both TAs. Lab assignments will be distributed in session and handed-in in session (not in lecture) or to the TA's mailbox prior to lab (located in E&MS A232). There is no grace period for late assignments without prior arrangement. Late assignment scores drop 10% per day and will not be accepted one week past the due date.

Required Lab Manual: Busch et al., 2015  (10th ed), Laboratory Manual in Physical Geology
NOTE: This is the previous edition and there are used copies on order for Baytree Bookstore or you could secure from an online source.


Other lab materials (specific needs vary week to week, but you will eventually need all of these):
1. Handlens (required for mineral and rock identification); available at Baytree Bookstore or online (search for "handlens mineral" for many options)
2. Drafting supplies: ruler, sharp pencils, protractor, colored pencils, good eraser.
3. Scientific calculator (capable of displaying numbers using scientific notation).
4. Sturdy shoes for field trips, maybe rain coat, flash light, water.

Expectations:
• Come prepared. Look over the assigned material before the lab.
• Ask questions! The teaching assistants are there to help you understand critical concepts.
• Work on the problems in lab. Don't just ask a question or two and leave.
• Work in small groups (2-3) during lab. Participate, don't just watch the group work.

 

Eart10 Laboratory Topic and Reading List
Subject to revision as the quarter progresses...

Date

Presentation/Section topic(s)

Reading

Week 1
7 – 11 Jan

First week of class, no lab this week!

Lab Manual, Chapter 1

Week 2
14 - 18 Jan

1. Mineral identification
Turn in at start of next lab session (but make a copy for use next week)

Lab manual, Chapter 3

Week 3
21 - 25 Jan

2. Igneous rock identification and processes
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapters 2 (skim), 3, 4 (skim), and 5

Week 4
28 Jan - 1 Feb

3. Maps and aerial photographs
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapter 9

Week 5
4 - 8 Feb

4. Sedimentary rock identification and processes
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapter 6

Sat 9 Feb

5. Field trip on to Pinnacles National Park and Hollister, CA (required!)

8:20 am -5:00 pm

Week 6
11 - 15 Feb

5. Complete field trip exercise (includes plate tectonics and earthquakes)
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapters 2 and 16

Sat 16 Feb

Backup field trip option (in case of rain)

 

Week 7
18 - 22 Feb

6. Structural geology and metamorphic rock identification and processes
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapters 7 and 10

Week 8
25 Feb - 1 Mar

7. Karst and caves (Campus field trip!)
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapters 12A-B

Week 9
4 - 8 Mar

8. Hydrologic, glacial, and coastal processes
Turn in at start of next lab session

Lab manual, Chapters 11, 13, 15

Week 10
11 Mar - 15 Mar

9. Lab quiz

Comprehensive. Please review earlier labs and materials in lab manual, and don't forget to refresh your mineral and rock ID skills!

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