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Physical Geology

A study of the physical processes of the Earth, including such topics as minerals, the rock cycle, volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, plate tectonics, and rivers.

Lab: Hands on investigation of the topics in physical geology, especially common minerals, igneous rocks, metamorphic rocks and sedimentary rocks.

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Biology 2e
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Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens. Biology includes rich features that engage students in scientific inquiry, highlight careers in the biological sciences, and offer everyday applications. The book also includes various types of practice and homework questions that help students understand—and apply—key concepts. The 2nd edition has been revised to incorporate clearer, more current, and more dynamic explanations, while maintaining the same organization as the first edition. Art and illustrations have been substantially improved, and the textbook features additional assessments and related resources.

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Biology
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Full Course
Provider:
Rice University
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OpenStax College
Date Added:
03/07/2018
Biology 2e, Ecology, Ecology and the Biosphere, Climate and the Effects of Global Climate Change
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By the end of this section, you will be able to do the following:

Define global climate change
Summarize the effects of the Industrial Revolution on global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration
Describe three natural factors affecting long-term global climate
List two or more greenhouse gases and describe their role in the greenhouse effect

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Applied Science
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Date Added:
09/20/2018
Environmental Geology
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Environmental Geology is taught in a seminar fashion or large lecture style. In both situations it is the methodology not content that differs. The major goal of the course is to explore aspects of geology that have significant impacts on humans. Some of these impacts have been exacerbated culturally and historically. We will examine those factors and impacts.

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Geology
Physical Science
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Full Course
Provider:
UMass Boston
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UMass Boston OpenCourseWare
Author:
John Looney
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Geology
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The course contents is general knowledge of the system Earth, tools for the 3D geometric representation of geological objects and methods and techniques for the recognition of fundamental minerals and rocks. The Geology 1 course is composed of three parts dedicated to 1) general knowledge of the system Earth, 2) tools for the 3D geometric representation of geological objects and 3) methods and techniques for the recognition of fundamental minerals and rocks.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
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Full Course
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Delft University of Technology
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Delft University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Dr. G. Bertotti
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Geology
Read the Fine Print
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When you ask the question “What is geology?” most people will initially respond that it is the study of rocks. This is true, but geology is also so much more than that. The truth is that geology is an intricate part of your everyday life.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
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Full Course
Textbook
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Lumen Learning
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Candela Courseware
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Glacial Geology in the Field
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This lab studies glacial deposits to determine where glaciers come from, how they deposit material, and what glaciation records tell us about glacial processes. Building a context for its use, including links to related field labs, this website details the learning goals of this lab. It includes teaching notes and materials, as assessment recommendation, and links to additional resources and references.

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Geology
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Mary Savina
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual
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The Ideas for Resources: Geology Lab Manual is highlighted as part of the Starting Point Teaching Collection. This site contains a partially-fleshed-out list of questions and situations dealing with water, minerals, and public policy intended to be incorporated into role-playing activities. It is designed to accompany a course on resource geology or environmental geology. Its message is that access to geological resources depends upon a complex interplay between economic, political, legal, environmental, and geological factors. The suggested exercises require students to gather at least some of the data needed to play their roles. This website describes the learning goals and context of use of this exercise. It also provides teaching notes, a list of necessary teaching materials, assessment hints and additional resources.

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Education
Geology
Hydrology
Physical Science
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Activity/Lab
Reading
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
J Rimstid
James Craig
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019
Interpreting the History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay
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This is a 2-unit Service Learning option associated with the "Special Topics: The History, Geology, and Ecology of Monterey Bay" course. Students will learn about Monterey Bay in the special topics course and will share their knowledge with K-12 grade children at local schools by participating in the Virtual Canyon Project.

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Ecology
Education
Natural Science
Physical Science
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Course instructor: Dr. Steve Moore, California State University, Monterey Bay Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center.
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04/04/2019
An Introduction to Geology
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This text is provided to you as an Open Educational Resource which you access online. It is designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to Geology at no or very nominal cost. It contains both written and graphic text material, intra-text links to other internal material which may aid in understanding topics and concepts, intra-text links to the appendices and glossary for tables and definitions of words, and extra-text links to videos and web material that clarifies and augments topics and concepts. Like any new or scientific subject, Geology has its own vocabulary for geological concepts. For you to converse effectively with this text and colleagues in this earth science course, you will use the language of geology, so comprehending these terms is important. Use the intra-text links to the Glossary and other related material freely to gain familiarity with this language.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
Salt Lake Community College
Author:
Cam Mosher
Chris Johnson
Matt Affolter
Paul Inkenbrand
Date Added:
12/27/2018
Laboratory Manual for Introductory Geology
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This textbook is a comprehensive lab manual for the core curriculum Introductory Geosciences classes with both informational content and laboratory exercises. Topics include basic laws and theories in Geology, the Earth's interior and plate tectonics, water and climate change, igneous rocks and volcanoes, and earthquakes.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction to Physical Geology
Chapter 2: Earth's Interior
Chapter 3: Topographic Maps
Chapter 4: Plate Tectonics
Chapter 5: Water
Chapter 6: Climate Change
Chapter 7: Matter and Minerals
Chapter 8: Igneous Rocks
Chapter 9: Volcanoes
Chapter 10: Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 11: Metamorphic Rocks
Chapter 12: Crustal DeformatIon
Chapter 13: Earthquakes
Chapter 14: PhysIographic Provinces

Reviews available here: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/textbooks/laboratory-manual-for-introductory-geology

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Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
University System of Georgia
Provider Set:
Galileo Open Learning Materials
Author:
Bradley Deline
Randa Harris
Karen Tefend
Date Added:
09/23/2015
Marine Environmental Geology
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This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.

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Biology
Natural Science
Oceanography
Physical Science
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Syllabus
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
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Course taught by Prof. Ed Laine, Bowdoin College (edlaine@bowdoin.edu) and Cathryn Field, Lab Instructor (cfield@bowdoin.edu). Example compiled by Suzanne Savanick, Science Education Resource Center (ssavanic@carleton.edu).
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04/04/2019
Physical Geology
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Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada. The book is a collaboration of faculty from Earth Science departments at Universities and Colleges across British Columbia and elsewhere.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction to Geology
Chapter 2 Minerals
Chapter 3 Intrusive Igneous Rocks
Chapter 4 Volcanism
Chapter 5 Weathering and Soil
Chapter 6 Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 7 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
Chapter 8 Measuring Geological Time
Chapter 9 Earth's Interior
Chapter 10 Plate Tectonics
Chapter 11 Earthquakes
Chapter 12 Geological structures
Chapter 13 Streams and Floods
Chapter 14 Groundwater
Chapter 15 Mass Wasting
Chapter 16 Glaciation
Chapter 17 Shorelines
Chapter 18 Geology of the Oceans
Chapter 19 Climate Change
Chapter 20 Geological Resources
Chapter 21 Geological History of Western Canada
Chapter 22 The Origin of Earth and the Solar System

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Steven Earle
Date Added:
06/23/2020
Physical Geology – 2nd Edition
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Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada. The book is a collaboration of faculty from Earth Science departments at Universities and Colleges across British Columbia and elsewhere.

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Steven Earle
Date Added:
10/04/2019
Physical Geology - First University of Saskatchewan Edition
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Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more. It has a strong emphasis on examples from western Canada, especially British Columbia, and also includes a chapter devoted to the geological history of western Canada. The book is a collaboration of faculty from Earth Science departments at Universities and Colleges across British Columbia and elsewhere.

Chapter 1. Introduction to Geology
Chapter 2. The Origin of Earth and the Solar System
Chapter 3. Earth's Interior
Chapter 4. Plate Tectonics
Chapter 5. Minerals
Chapter 6. The Rock Cycle
Chapter 7. Igneous Rocks
Chapter 8. Weathering, Sediment, and Soil
Chapter 9. Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 10. Metamorphism and Metamorphic Rocks
Chapter 11. Volcanism
Chapter 12. Earthquakes
Chapter 13. Geological Structures and Mountain Building
Chapter 14. Streams and Floods
Chapter 15. Mass Wasting
Chapter 16. Earth-System Change
Chapter 17. Glaciation
Chapter 18. Geological Resources
Chapter 19. Measuring Geological Time

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Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Textbook
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BCcampus
Provider Set:
BCcampus Open Textbooks
Author:
Thompson Rivers University
Steven Earle
Date Added:
03/02/2016
Physical Geology Laboratory
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Welcome to Physical Geology Laboratory: Interactive Diagrams and Questions!

The purpose of this “book” is to help students practice skills to master learning objectives for physical geology laboratory.

Table of Contents:
MINERALS
Physical Properties of Minerals
Mineral Identification

IGNEOUS ROCKS
Bowen’s Reaction Series
Igneous Rock Textures
Igneous Rock Identification

SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
Sedimentary Rock Textures
Sedimentary Rock Identification

METAMORPHIC ROCKS
Metamorphic Rock Textures
Metamorphic Rock Identification

TOPOGRAPHIC MAPS
Introduction to Topographic Maps
Topography and Bathymetry
Contour Lines
Topographic Features
Latitude and Longitude
Scale and Slope
Applications: Plate Tectonics

PLATE TECTONICS
Motion at Plate Boundaries
Global Positioning System
Azimuth
GPS Data and Plate Motion
Plate Motion Vectors
Plate Boundaries
What Type of Plate Boundary?

GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES
Original Horizontality and Superposition
Tilted Beds and Strike and Dip
Faults
Folds
Plunging Folds
Domes and Basins
Geologic Structures and Plate Tectonics

GEOLOGIC TIME
Principles of Relative Dating
Unconformities
Worked Example: Relative Geologic Time
Relative Ages 1
Relative Ages 2
Relative Ages 3
Relative Ages 4
The Geologic Time Scale

GEOLOGIC MAPS
Plate Motion Through Geologic Time
Geologic Map of North America
Reading a Geologic Map
California
Michigan
Utah
Pennsylvania
The Grand Canyon

Subject:
Geology
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Textbook
Author:
Elizabeth Johnson
Date Added:
06/07/2021
Physical Geology Syllabus
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This syllabus is for the class "GEOL1001: Physical Geology" at Louisiana State University, which is the course CGEO 1103 on the statewide common course matrix.

Subject:
Geology
Material Type:
Syllabus
Author:
Achim Herrmann
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Review for "An Introduction to Geology"
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  This is a review of "An Introduction to Geology", a free textbook for college-level introductory geology courses, by Dr. Achim Herrmann (Department of Geology and Geophysics, LSU).The textbook is here: https://louis.oercommons.org/courses/an-introduction-to-geology-free-textbook-for-college-level-introductory-geology-courses 

Subject:
Earth Science
Geology
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Achim Herrmann
Date Added:
08/07/2020
Review of "Starting Out With Earth History" assignment
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This is a review of an assignment that can be used in a variety of introductory geology classes to introduce students to the geologcial time scale. This review is by Dr. Achim Herrmann (Department of Geology and Geophysics, LSU).The resource is here: https://louis.oercommons.org/courses/starting-out-with-earth-history

Subject:
Earth Science
Geology
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Achim Herrmann
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Wheel of Geology
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This game activity is meant to help liven up an exam review session. Multiple choice review questions are divided up into categories and students are organized into teams. The instructor spins a wheel to determine what category of question is asked and the teams compete to answer the question. On this Starting Point page, users can access information about the exercise's learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered.

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Atmospheric Science
Biology
Chemistry
Education
Geology
Hydrology
Natural Science
Oceanography
Physical Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Reading
Provider:
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience
Author:
Rebecca Teed
Date Added:
04/04/2019