Nov 30, 2023
GEOL 5560 - Paleopedology
The study of paleosols (fossil soils) throughout geologic time. Topics include an overview of soil formation and major soil processes, field and laboratory techniques in Paleopedology, the use of paleosols as paleoenvironmental indicators and stratigraphic markers, as well their application in paleogeographic, paleoecologic, and paleoclimatic reconstructions.
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Gain an understanding of the sedimentologic, stratigraphic, and paleontologic significance of paleosols through geologic time.
- Graduate students will answer three more essay questions on the midterm and final examination. These questions will assess the student ability to synthesis information learned in lecture and lab.
- Learn how to interpret ancient ecosystems and depositional environments using qualitative and quantitative data obtained from paleosols.
- Learn how to use paleosols as effective tools in the interpretation of paleolandscape evolution, basin analysis, as well as for paleogeographic, paleoecologic, and paleoclimatic reconstructions.
- Learn the morphological, mineralogical, geochemical, and micromorphological techniques for the description and interpretation of paleosols.
- Propose and complete a research topic not covered in class. Present the results of this research to the class in a 10 minute presentation and prepare a five-page report.
- Propose and complete a research topic not covered in class. Present the results of this research to the class in a 15 minute presentation and prepare a ten-page report. Depth of the research and analysis of the results should be greater than those.
- Understand the fundamentals of soil science including soil formation, soil classification, and soil processes.
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