3 credits - Fall 2017 - M 1:35-2:25 and W 1:35-5:25 in FD Adams 348 - or on location
Instructors:Prof: Jamie Kirkpatrick (james.kirkpatrick[at]mcgill.ca, Office: FDA 340)
About this courseWelcome to Geology in the Field. This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of making observations of rocks in the wild (or, in and around Montreal), teach them how to identify a few common rock types and understand how those rocks were formed, to think about the relationship between bedrock structure and the topography of the landscape, and to wade into thinking about geologic time.
This course will meet twice per week - a 50-minute lecture on Monday, and a 3h50 period on Wednesday for putting geological methods into practice.
This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of field geology, and will involve walking to light hiking during many assignments. Any student who is concerned about access or mobility issues should contact the instructor as soon as possible to determine how we can work together to enable everyone to participate in the course. Students will want to wear sturdy shoes (which may get muddy on some days), and be prepared to work outside even if it is cold or raining. For some labs, students will need to take public transportation (or use a bicycle or other mode of personal transportation) to meet at sites around Montreal.
After completing this course, you will be able to make first-order field descriptions of a variety of local rocks and distinguish between primary (depositional) characteristics of sedimentary and volcanic rocks and features produced by deformation. You will learn to use a geological compass to measure primary and secondary features of rock outcrops. You will learn to read topographic and geologic maps. Along the way, you will be exposed to key concepts in geology, the history of geology, and the rich and economically important geology of Quebec.
This course will serve as a pre-requisite for the traveling field courses offered in May (EPSC 231, 330, 331).
You will need
Freeman, Tom, Geology Field Methods, 2010, Friendship Publications, Columbia, MO, 2010, 111 p.
Other readings to be distributed in class as necessary.
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore, all students must understand the meaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (see www.mcgill.ca/students/srr/honest/ for more information).
In accord with McGill University's Charter of Students' Rights, students in this course have the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.
Reading and lectures for this course will be given in English, which is the most commonly used international language for science, including geology. I encourage you to use any literature or online resources to learn the terminology of structural geology in French, and I hope I will learn along with you. You are welcome to submit written work in French. I reserve the right to enlist the help of francophone colleagues as needed to assist in grading your work.
Course Schedule and Materials
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