Geology 365: Structural Geology

Winter 2013

Basic Information

Recumbent fold, Black Hills, South Dakota

Course Updates

Week 11
  1. Office hours: I'll be around Tuesday from 1-3 and Wednesday from 9-11.
  2. Final paper is due at 3:30 on Thursday. You can either leave a paper copy in the box outside my door or you can send me an electronic copy. In either case, please include the initial draft and peer evaluation forms (either as hard copies or scans).
Week 10
  1. Textbook: Chapter 6. You might also want to check out the e-module.
  2. Image: your eight, and final, image assignment is due on Thursday. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on. The image is taken looking down at a horizontal outcrop. There is moss and gravel on the top of the image - ignore this. For your interpretations, remember to think about strain.
  3. Bring two copies of your paper to lab on Tuesday. Here are the paper guidelines.
Week 9
  1. Textbook: Chapters 2 and 3 are still relevant.
  2. Image: your seventh image assignment is due on Thursday. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on. NOTE: the black stuff is organic material growing on top of the horizontal, polished surface.
  3. Your super learning experience is due at the start of class on Tuesday. You can slip it under my door sooner if you would like.
Week 8
  1. Textbook: For this week, relevant sections include Chapter 2 (2.1-2.16, and 2.30) and Chapter 3.
  2. Image: your sixth image assignment is due on Thursday. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on. NOTE: The orangish coloring is just a surficial stain. Ignore.
  3. Lab: your posters about Mecca Hills are due on Tuesday. Remember these are supposed to be low-tech but informative. There should be glue in the classroom. My advice: don't make this out to be a bigger project than it should be.
  4. For lab: our third discussion will take place during lab. Read the two papers and answer the questions.
  5. The super learning opportunity (in take-home form): Your exam will occur over 8th weekend. We can talk about possible topics on Tuesday in class. I'll give you the exam on Thursday and it will be due the following Tuesday.
  6. Times when you can meet Sarah: There will be a review session on Wednesday night at 8:15. Come with questions. I will also have office hours from 3:30-5:00 on Thursday.
Week 7
  1. Textbook: read Chapter 11 (folds), Chapter 12 (foliation), Chapter 13 (lineation), Chapter 14 (boudins) and Chapter 15 (focus on 15.1 and 15.5). If you are lacking time to read, at least look and think about the figures.
  2. Image: your fifth image assignment is due on Thursday - sorry for the shorter than normal notice. NOTE: The image is taken looking down at a horizontal outcrop. There is some rubble at the top of the photo - don't bother to sketch this; it has nothing to do with the main structure. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on. Two tips for this week: (1) Remember to describe the thickness of layers in words as part of your observations. (2) Draw a cartoon in the interpretation section to help explain your answer.
  3. Lab: your posters about Mecca Hills are due in lab on Tuesday.
  4. I put practice structure contour maps in the box outside my office. I don't have a key, but I'm happy to look at your answers.
  5. Office hours: I have office hours on Friday afternoon at 4:30. Perhaps more over the weekend, as well. Details will come later in the week.
Week 6
  1. Work on your Mecca HIlls mapping project this week. The finished posters will be due during Week 8.
  2. The new improved image for Thursday is here, along with the blank form to sketch on.
  3. Try not to spend to long on this one - it's meant to be quickish and the textbook might really help.
  4. Lab for next week: more SAF talks. Remember to bring your completed form and to load your slides onto the computer before lab.
Week 5
  1. Textbook: Read Chapter 4 about stress. Also skim chapter 5.
  2. Lab is due at the start of Tuesday. Some helpful information for answering the questions: at this location, the San Andreas fault is vertical and has a strike of 320.
  3. The first batch of San Andreas fault talks are in lab on Tuesday. Please load your slides onto the lab computer (desktop) before the start of lab. Bring your completed form for me to grade on. Also, here is a handout that I made about giving talks, with additional tips from those we discussed (and few of you wrote down) in class. The pdfs of each paper are located in the course folder for the lab. I also put some slides that some may find useful in the same location.
  4. Office hours: I will have office hours on Friday from 4:30-5:30 and Sunday from 10-12.
  5. Field trip: Here is the handout for the trip, in case you didn't pick up a copy.
Week 4
  1. Textbook: Still Chapter 8. (And for Chapter 7, the best sections were 7.1-7.3 and 7.8).
  2. Lab is due at the start of lab on Tuesday.
  3. Image: your third image assignment is due on Thursday. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on.
  4. Second SAF discussion: the second discussion will also be on Thursday. Choose one of the two articles outside my office and answer questions related to that article.
  5. Office hours: I will have office hours on Friday from 3:30-4:30, and possibly after the junior/senior meeting from 5:30-6:00. I will also have office hours on Friday afternoon from 3-4 (and can stay longer if necessary). I won't be in on Monday.
Week 3
  1. Textbook: Read Chapters 7 and 8.
  2. Lab is due at the start of lab on Tuesday.
  3. Image: your second image assignment is due on Thursday. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on.
  4. We will have our first SAF discussion on Thursday. Bring your typed answers to the questions to class.
Weeks 1 and 2
  1. Textbook: The first reading assignment is Chapter 1 and the appendix reading about stereonets.
  2. Please buy a protractor from the bookstore. I recommend the red see-through kind where the protractor is within a ruler.
  3. The California map assignment is due on Tuesday.
  4. Image: Your first image assignment is due next Thursday at the start of class. Here is the image and the blank form to sketch on. This assignment will be graded on a ten-point scale: 3 for the sketch, 3 for the observations, and 3 for the interpretations. The last point is reserved as a je ne sais quoit point given out for special reasons that are hard to explain.