Geology 001

Summer 2016

May 23– June 17

MTWR 9:00 AM–12:45 PM, 4 credits
Delehanty 101

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Lini
Office: Room 319 Delehanty Hall, Phone: 656-0245,

Teaching Assistant: Matthew Craft, Room 314,

Text: Marshak, S., 2013, Earth: Portrait of a planet. 4th Edition
You will also need to buy a suitable notebook for lab.

Course Objectives:
1- Gain an understanding of the Earth and how it functions. Student should be able interpret the
landscape in terms of its geologic history, understand the scale of geologic time, and
understand why different parts of the world look the way they do and are subject to different
natural processes
2- Understand how humans are affected by and in turn affect the Earth System
3- Develop observational, analytical, and critical thinking skills that can be used to make
informed decisions about the Earth, but that can also be applied to new or unfamiliar

Grading: There will be one midterm exam, one final exam and lab write-ups. See the syllabus
for assigned readings from the textbook.
The midterm exam is a take-home exam consisting of short answer questions. The final
exam will be comprehensive (75 questions with multiple choice answers and a rock
specimen), although it will emphasize material presented during the second half of the
course. There is no clear distinction between lecture and lab material. The labs are an
integral part of this class and material presented during the lab will appear on tests.

Please Note: Any student missing more than one lab for any reason will be asked to take
an incomplete for the course.

Your final grade will be based on the above criteria weighted as follows:


Lab Write-ups
Participation & Attendance10%

Outdoor Labs

Geologic knowledge is primarily gathered from field investigations. The field trips and labs will
develop your skills of observation and description.
Dress appropriately!!
Be prepared for hot weather, sun, cold weather, wind, rain, poison ivy, and rough, muddy
Clothing I would suggest includes the following:
Sturdy boots or sneaks
A hat for sun and bugs if they bother you
Shorts are OK. Some areas are brushy and if you don't like scratches wear long pants.
Warm shirt/sweater/parka for cool days
(Keep all of the above in a knapsack so you will always have it along.)

Essential equipment for labs and field trips are:
Hard cover Notebook
Clipboard for carrying maps
Pencils and erasers (You will be making lots of sketches; pens are disappointingly
A couple of colored pencils are very useful for coloring sketches.

Also bring:
Food (if you're inclined to get hungry)
Coffee (if you're inclined to get sleepy)
Water (if you're inclined to get thirsty)

A note about bathrooms:
Most of the field trips will be to places where there aren't any bathrooms. On the other
hand, there will almost always be some woods nearby. As the scouts say: “Be prepared.”
Let someone know if you're going to slip away for a few minutes to be sure we won't
forget you.

Lab Starting Time:
We will leave promptly. I don't mind waiting a few minutes, but it is trying on the rest of us
to wait longer than that. Please show up on time. If you intend to buy a cup of coffee or a
bagel, visit the bathroom, or lock up your bike, please give yourself enough time before
the lab starts. If you show up late and we're gone, someone in the office or the building
may be able to help you find us, but don't count on it. I will be taking you to field stops
that aren't part of the itinerary of the labs during the fall and spring and, consequently,
the other staff may not be able to give you directions.

Field Trip/Lab Reports
All labs require that you submit a completed lab report that may include measurements,
descriptions, sketches, maps, cross-sections, etc.
Unless specified otherwise, Lab reports are due two days after your lab. Late labs will be
accepted under the following policy:

1–2 days late
3–4 days late
5–7 days late
Labs more than 1 week late will not be accepted for grading.

NOTE: It is not possible to make up field labs. Please make every effort to attend all field
trips. Any student missing more than one lab for any reason will be asked to take an
incomplete for the course.

Due to the short duration of the course class attendance is mandatory! Missing lectures will
result in lower grades.

In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in
utilizing accommodations should contact ACCESS, the office of Disability Services on campus.
ACCESS works with students and faculty to create reasonable and appropriate accommodations
via an accommodation letter to professors with suggested accommodations as early as possible
each semester.
Contact ACCESS: A170 Living/Learning Center; 802-656-7753;; or

GEO 001, Session I, May 23 - June 17, 2016




Chapter 6 and 9

Lecture: Igneous Rocks &
Lab: Identification of
Igneous Rocks


Chapters 1&2

Chapter 5

Chapters 3&4
Interludes A&B

Week 1
May 23-26

Intro: What is Geology.
The birth and structure of

Lecture: Minerals
Lab: Identification of

Plate tectonics
The Rock cycle



Chapter 7

Week 2
May 30 June 2

Memorial Day


Chapter 8

Week 3
June 6-9

Metamorphic Rocks


Part IV

Week 4
June 13-17

Geologic Time
Geological History of VT

Assigned Readings

Barre Granite Quarry

Weathering and
Sedimentary Rocks

Sedimentary Rocks Lab:
Salmon Hole & Redstone


Chapters 10&11
Interlude D

Metamorphic Rocks Lab:

Crustal Deformation Lab:
Lone Rock Point

Field Labs

Shaping the Earth

Sediments and Structures
Lessors Quarry

Chapters 17&22

Chapters 20&23

Glaciers and Ice Ages

Post-Glacial History of
Vermont lab:Mount Philo