Introduction to Geology
Below are links to handouts that go with the regular Introduction to Geology class.
We may not go over all of them in Honors, but you may find them useful none the less.
This is a list of websites, books and journals that provide sources
of information for extra credit
papers and exploration of Geology beyond the course.
A Brief History
of the Earth
This is the brief list of major events in the Earth's history
that we went over in class.
The Earth's Interior Structure
This is a a summary of the Earth's interior structure - both
its compositional and mechanical layering.
Plate Boundary Processes
This is a summary table of geologic processes that occur at
the three types of plate boundaries.
of a Subduction Zone and Divergent Plate Boundary
This document contains diagrams of a typical subduction zone
and divergent plate boundary, similar to the ones that we drew in class.
Classification of Igneous Rocks
This is the modified version of figure 3.7 from your textbook
that we looked at in class.
This handout illustrates and briefly describes the causes of partially
melting and the origin of magma at subuction zones, divergent plate boundaries
and hot spots.
This document summarizes how magma is created and the types
of volcanism that result at mid-ocean ridges, hot spots and subduction
Volcanic Processes Summary Table
This table is similar to the one we created in class that lists,
for hot spots and subduction zones, the melting mechanism that creates
magma, the characteristics of the magma created, and so on through to
the types of volcanoes and volcanic eruptions that result.
This is a summary of past and present volcanic activity in
the vicinity of Long Valley and Mammoth Mountain, California.
and Erosion Notes
The material that we couldn't properly go over on Wednesday, 3/5
as a result of the power outage is summarized on this handout.
The most important resources that we get from sedimentary rocks are
listed on this handout, and the formation of coal and oil is described.
This document summarizes the important information from the class lecture
on the geologic origin of oil in Iraq. It will help you answer the
study guide questions.
Summarizes the types of change that occur in rocks during metamorphism,
and the major types of regional metamorphism at convergent plate boundaries.