Geol 101: Earth's Dynamic Interior
fall, 2003

section I: MWF, 9-9:50
section II: MWF, 3-3:50
Pacific Hall 123

Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Mt. Bachelor Volcanoes, looking south.

Simply put, Earth's Dynamic Interior is the reason why we have such a hospitable and beautiful planet.  Processes like mountain-building and volcanism, which create the basic architecture of our landscape, are driven by plate tectonics.  For example, the mountains in the above photograph are volcanoes of the Cascade Range in Oregon State.  They formed because magma (liquid rock) made its way to the surface and erupted--the magma formed through the melting of rock in the lower part of the crust, and THAT happened because the Juan de Fuca plate is subducting beneath the North American plate.  This course emphasizes features we can see on the earth's surface, and explains them in the context of plate tectonics and geologic time.


Final Exams next week... yikes!
9-9:50 Section: exam will meet Friday, December 12 at 10:15AM.
3-3:50 Section: exam will meet Monday, December 8 at 3:15PM
to view the review sheet, click here.

Various Multiple Choice Questions
Questions from midterm.
to see the map for questions 4, 5, 6 (Hawaiian Islands) click here.
to see the map for questions 9-14, (Northwest plates) click here.

Click here for a plate tectonic map of the west coast...

Questions from First Quiz
Answers to First Quiz

Questions from Second Quiz
Answers to Second Quiz

Miscellaneous questions about geologic structures and geologic time.
See the questions
See the answers

Photos of Geologic Contacts
Photos of unconformities

General Information

Tentative Course Syllabus
(lectures and labs)

Weekly Schedules


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