Historical Geology Lab Manual
May 2014, ©2013
Lab 1: Relative Dating
Lab 2: Rocks and Minerals
Lab 3: Weathering of Rocks and the Formation of Sediment
Lab 4: Sedimentary Rocks
Lab 5: Sedimentary Structures
Lab 6: Depositional Sedimentary Environments
Lab 7: Stratigraphy and Lithologic Correlation
Lab 8: Fossils on the Internet
Lab 9: Microfossils and Introduction to the Tree of Life
Lab 10: Invertebrate Macrofossils and Classification of Organisms
Lab 11: Fossil Preservation and Trace Fossils
Lab 12: The Evolution of the Vertebrates
Background History and Acknowledgments
- The chapter on Relative Dating gives the student experience with using basic geologic principles for determining the sequence of geologic events, a topic that is typically presented in the first few chapters of historical geology lecture textbooks.
- The chapter on Rocks and Minerals provides a quick introduction to the minerals and rocks most commonly encountered in a first geology course, as well as a quick review for students who have previously completed physical geology lab.
- Subsequent labs deal with Rock Weathering and Interpretation of Sediments, Sedimentary Rocks, and Sedimentary Structures.
- Students learn to interpret processes acting in the depositional basin, and then they interpret Depositional Sedimentary Environments based on rock types and sedimentary structures.
- Students also learn Stratigraphy and Lithologic Correlation and how to interpret sea-level change in the rock record.
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