The class gives an overview on the main geological concepts, from the evolution of the Solar System to plate tectonics, mountain building, volcanism, weathering & erosion, impacts, the atmosphere, the concept of time in Geology, interpreting minerals and rocks, sediment and rock formation, and geological facies interpretation. The course emphasizes the interaction of geological processes on the surface and in the interior of planet Earth and its comparison with geological processes in the Solar System.
The class requires a one-day fieldtrip covering the Buffalo - Niagara Falls Region geology.
The lab emphasizes major geological processes, such as river development, impact cratering, rock formation as well as providing skills to identify minerals and rocks and understand their geological occurrence and interpretation.
The GLY 103/104 sequence fulfills the university’s general education natural science requirement.
in the Solar System
The Niagara Gorge, showing the Silurian Lockport Dolomite on top of the cliff in the Whirlpool Region. View towards the Canadian side.