University of Georgia - Department of Geology
GEOL 1122 - Earth's History of Global Change
Webpage for Dr. Bruce Railsback's lecture section

This is a page to provide links for topics relevant to the course and to post updates to the course syllabus and course schedule.

This page was last updated on 19 September 2003.

We have an exam on Tuesday, September 23.
We can now forget about the "Marduk" creation story that we were supposed to read for Tuesday September 16 - we're never going to get to it.  

 



GEOL 1122 Schedule for 2003
Lxr Date Topic or Business Reading*
Part I. Basic Materials in Historical Geology
1 8/19/03 Introduction; Minerals Syllabus (read it!); 35-40
2 8/21/03 Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks 40-42; 51-54; CS 1-3
3 8/26/03 Sedimentary Rocks, and Fossils 42-51; 121-123 [128-148]; 60-64; Weathering-to-lithification diagram; CS 4-5
4 8/28/03 Strata and Stratigraphy 8-11; 161-163; 171-173; "Possible causes of sea-level change"; CS 6-7
5 9/02/03 Structural Geology & Plate Tectonics 207; 220-228;238-240; Structural Geology diagram; Divergent plate boundaries sketches; Convergent plate boundaries sketches
Part II. Basic Principles and Geologic Time
6 9/04/03 Goals and Theories "What is Science?"; CS 8-10
7 9/09/03 Working Through Time 3-4; CS 14-15
8 9/11/03 Correlative and Relative Dating 169-172; Lecture cross-sections 1, 2, 3, and 4, Practice cross-sections and their key; CS16-19
9 9/16/03 Absolute Dating 164-169; [29-33 on isotopes]; Half-life measurement; CS 21-22
10 9/18/03 Age of the Earth & Geologic Time Scales 13-14; 173-175; Lead isotope diagram
  - 9/23/03 Exam I   - -
Part III. Biological Evolution of the Earth
11 9/25/03 Explanations of Biological Evolution 181-189; Modern Example 1; Modern Example 2; Artificial Selection 1; Artificial Selection 2
12 9/30/03 Mechanics of Biological Evolution 189-205; WWW Life ; CS 23-24
13 10/02/03 Precambrian Life 306-311; 321-323; 325-329; Cells, Cellular Evolution (Small printer-friendly version); Intra-cellular symbiosis; An endosymbiotic experiment; Slime Molds; A summary of early evolution; CS 25-26
14 10/07/03 Evolution of Plants 74-76; 354-355; 381-384; 405-409; 443-444; 472-473; 499-500; "An Ode to Plants"; WWW Plants; CS 27-28
15 10/09/03 Evolution of Vertebrates I 82-88; 374-381; 384-386; 409-414; Chordate Evolution
16 10/14/03 Evolution of Vertebrates II 444-451 (incl. FTR 16-1); 474-476, FTR 17-1; CS 29-30
17 10/16/03 Evolution of Mammals & Hominids 501-505; 549-556; Hominid Cranial Sizes ; Primate Brain Structure; Primate Evolution
  - 10/21/03 Exam II  
Part IV. Environmental Evolution of the Earth
18 10/23/03 The Origin of the Universe 289-294; "In Defense of the Big Bang"; ["Spectra, Absorption, and the Red Shift"]; ["Gravitational Lensing"];
19 10/28/03 Evolution of the Earth 291-294; 215-216; 421-422; maps in cover and end pages and on 343, 371, 387, 401, 417, 437, & 467; WWW: "The Fall Line" and "The Fall Line in Georgia"; Phanerozoic tectonic events in eastern North America. CS 31-34
  10/30/03 Fall Break  
20 11/04/03 The Evolution of the Ocean & Atmosphere 295; 323-325; 266-270; 272-273; CS 35-36
21 11/06/03 Phanerozoic Sea Level and Climate 173-177; "Possible causes of sea-level change"
22 11/11/03 The Cenozoic 505-510 [274-278 on isotopes] ["O Isotopes", Glaciers]; CS 39
23 11/13/03 Quaternary Glaciation 126-128; 526-532; [Glaciers; Pulse of Pleistocene]
24 11/18/03 Holocene I - Greenhouse effect & global warming Lecture 26 outline; WWW pages on carbon dioxide
25 11/20/03 Holocene II - Change of the Earth Surface  
26 11/25/03 Holocene III - Human Influence on Global Change 567-569; 576-582 (including FTR 20-1); [CFCs]; [CFCs 2]
  - 11/27/03  - - - Thanksgiving - - -  - - -
27 12/02/03 The Holocene IV - why I, II, and III happened Lecture Illustration #1 , #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6; CS 42-43 .
28 12/04/03 Summary and Review The Land Ethic Revisited
- 12/11/03 Final Exam Noon-3:00 pm Room 200A GG   - -

*Notes regarding readings:
    All readings are in Stanley's Earth System History, except for web pages, which are labeled "WWW", and for pages labeled "CS", which are in Creation Stories from around the World.
    Pages in brackets are not required reading, and they will not be used to generate exam questions. They are suggested reading that may make lecture material easier to understand.
    Reading assignments do not include "For the Record" ("FTR") inserts unless specifically noted.
    Reading assignments include all figures to which reference is made, even if the figures fall outside the page range indicated. Figure 18.3 is a good example.


GEOL 1122 webpages:

How to do better in GEOL 1122 or How to study for college exams.

A letter that student athletes can print out and use to request that their grades by reported to an advisor in the athletic program. After filling all the blanks, they should give the letter to Dr. Railsback.

Past grade distributions in Railsback's GEOL 1122 lecture sections.

Questions asked frequently or recently by 1122 students, and the answers to those questions.

Part 1 of a glossary of terms used in Railsback's lectures in GEOL 1122.

Part 2 of a glossary of terms used in Railsback's lectures in GEOL 1122.

A table of possible course grades given certain Exam 1 grades.

Last year's exams:

2002 Exam 1 p. 1.
2002 Exam 1 p. 2.
2002 Exam 1 p. 3.
2002 Exam 1 p. 4.
2002 Exam 1 p. 5.

2002 Exam 2 p. 1.
2002 Exam 2 p. 2.
2002 Exam 2 p. 3.
2002 Exam 2 p. 4.

2002 Exam 3 p. 1.
2002 Exam 3 p. 2.
2002 Exam 3 p. 3.
2002 Exam 3 p. 4.
2002 Exam 3 p. 5.
2002 Exam 3 p. 7.

An extra-credit exercise..

The essay questions for, and other information on, this year's final exam.


Other Links

Geological
A detailed geologic time scale.
An online glossary of geologic terms.
A set of paleogeographic maps.
An online plate tectonic paleogeographic reconstruction service.

Biological/Evolutionary
The University of Arizona's Tree of Life of modern and ancient organisms.
The University of Georgia Department of Botany's Greenhouse Tour (see the plants we will or have talked about).
The University of California-Berkeley Museum of Paleontology's Exhibits on modern and ancient life.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum's of Paleontology's Early plant page and another page on Early land plants.
A spectacularly thorough, if spectacularly dry, online text on the evolution and phylogeny of vertebrates.
The Smithsonian Institution's on-line Index of Mammal Species.
A nicely illustrated and organized Primate Gallery.

Other
A host of Web resources on Historical Geology from Pam Gore's web site at Georgia Perimeter College.
An overview of The Geology of Georgia.
A list of links to lists of Geologic Resources on the World-Wide Web.
The U.S. Naval Observatory's Time Service web page by which the professor sets his watch to assure that he begins class and ends class on time.
To illustrate the arbitrary nature of how humans denote time, an online list of dates for today generated by the world's various calendars (a fun page).

Creationism
This GEOL 1122 section approaches the topic of creationism by reading a series of creation stories from cultures around the world. If you're interested in more direct arguments about American creationism, you might want to visit the following webpages with scientific views of creationism:
- - - Answers to FAQs about creationism and evolution at "Talk Origins"
- - - Mark I. Vuletic's list of creationist arguments, with responses
- - - Jim Merritt's somewhat flippant responses to creationist arguments
- - - George Bakken's evaluation of creationist arguments (scroll down past Darwin etc.)

    Another page of interest might be one on the Scopes Trial.
    Enthusiasts of the Hebrew Old Testament's stories of the earth's origin might be interested to read pages on the origins of those stories, their authorship, and some of the scholarship about them. 


Email to Railsback (rlsbk@gly.uga.edu)
Railsback's main web page
UGA Geology Department web page