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The History of Geology

Course number : 19727   ID : 88440    Class Section : FAA-PE
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This is the story of the history of geology: from the time of Steno (1638-1686), when the principles of stratigraphy (rock strata) were established, up to the present day. We will uncover how William Smith (1769-1837) constructed the world’s first geologic map by observing the regular sequence of fossil organisms over the entire planet. We will discuss how the Geologic Column is based on relative time, and how that time was confirmed by radioactive dating in the early 1900s. We will examine eight of the greatest controversies in Earth Science: What are fossils?; the Origin of Different Rock Types; Catastrophism vs. Univormitarianism; Correlation of Rock Strata over Planet Earth; The Ice Ages; Plate Tectonics; and Mass Extinctions.

Class Details

3 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

CE South Building

Carol A. Hill 



Please read:  Tuition remission eligible under Personal Enrichment



Registration Closes On
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
12/4/2019 - 12/18/2019 Weekly - Wed 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 105 Carol A. Hill