Geology 101, fall, 2003

Final Exam Information


Times of exam:             9-9:50 section: Friday, December 12, 10:15AM.

                                          3-3:50 section: Monday, December 8, 3:15 AM.


The exam will be worth 25% of your grade.  It will consist of 50 multiple choice questions.  Many questions may be variations on questions you’ve already had.  Many will be brand new.


The exam will be cumulative, but will emphasize material from the second half of the quarter, especially that presented since the last quiz.


 Some important topics…

Earth chemistry and structure

              Most common elements in crust and whole earth

              Core, Mantle, Crust, Lithosphere, Asthenosphere


              Mineral types

              Mineral properties

Rocks: Igneous, Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Rock Cycle

Igneous Processes

Magmas, chemistry and magma properties, lava, volcano types, style of eruptions, intrusive bodies

Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift

Type of plate margins, maps and plate tectonics, hot spots and their evolution, relation of plate tectonics to magmatism and mountain building.  Evidence for Continental Drift; evidence for Plate Tectonics.


              Shale to slate to phyllite to schist to gneiss: how these rocks differ and why.

              Contact metamorphism vs. regional metamorphism



              Types of sedimentary rocks

Environments of deposition and how the sediment compares to original bedrock source.

Geologic structures: faulting and folding

Ductile vs brittle deformation.  Different types of stress and resulting structure.  How faults differ from each other.

Geologic structures and maps

              Difference in map appearance of horizontal vs. dipping beds.

              Plunging folds

Geologic history as determined from cross-sections

              Geologic Contacts, sequence of events, unconformities

Geologic Time

              Geologic Time scale

              Absolute vs. Relative time  --and aspects of each.

              Evidence for Deep Time