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Weekly Lessons

Each of the documents below includes learning objectives and study questions for that week's lesson. If you understand the facts and ideas that underlie the questions you will be well prepared for our in-class activities and exams. Because these documents are PDF files you will need to install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to view them.

Weekly lesson Etudes Qsns Supporting Documents
Chapter 1: Earth's origin, structure and the rock cycle --- ---
Chapter 2: Plate tectonics --- ---
Chapter 3: Minerals: compositions, properties, and resources --- ---
Chapter 4: Igneous rocks and intrusive processes --- ---
Chapter 5: Volcanoes and volcanic hazards --- ---
Chapter 6: Weathering and soils --- ---
Chapter 7: Sedimentary rocks and environments --- ---
Chapter 8: Metamorphism and metamorphic rocks --- ---
Chapter 9: Earthquakes and Earth's interior --- ---
Chapter 10: Origin and evolution of the ocean floor --- ---
Chapter 11: Crustal deformation and mountain building --- ---
Chapter 12: Mass wasting and the work of gravity --- ---
Chapters 13 and 14: Running water and Groundwater --- ---
Chapter 15: Glaciers and glaciation --- ---
Chapter 16: Deserts and the geologic work of the wind --- ---
Chapter 17: Shorelines and coastal processes --- ---
Chapters 18: Geologic time --- ---

Online Assignments

Each assignment below is an online exercise from the Virtual Courseware project.

Online assignments

Date assigned

Date due

Assignment 1: Virtual River—Discharge --- ---
Assignment 2: Rb-Sr isochron --- ---

Writing Assignments

Each assignment below is linked to instructions for a part of the larger writing assignment. The instruction page includes examples, grading rubrics, and links to the articles themselves.

Writing assignments

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Assignment 1: Outline of article --- ---
Assignment 2: Abstract of article --- ---
Assignment 3: Revised abstract --- ---