Geology from Experience: Hands-On Labs and Problems in Physical Geology / Edition 1

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Moving away from the observation-and-vocabulary focus of traditional physical geology lab manuals, Peters and Davis's Geology from Experience offers experiments that favor hands-on involvement and scientific problem-solving. Students are asked to use geological tools and techniques; analyze data from observation, experiment and research; solve simple equations; and make assessments and relevant predictions. This approach, class-tested with great success by the authors, gives students a real taste of the scientific experience by revealing the ways geologists actually do their work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780716731450
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I--Opening the Geologist's Tool Kit
Unit 1 Paper-and-Pencil Tools
Tool 1.1 Unit Conversion
Tool 1.2 Unit Analysis of Formulas
Tool 1.3 Constructing Graphs
Tool 1.4 Constructing Histograms
Tool 1.5 The Le Châtelier Principle

Unit 2 Laboratory Tools: Significant Figures, Interpolation, Time, and Precision
Tool 2.1 Significant Figures
Tool 2.2 Interpolation
Lab 2.1. Interpolating the weight of a sample (using English units).
Lab 2.2. Measuring volume or weight of samples A through E.
Tool 2.3 Time and Precision
Lab 2.3. Measuring time and checking precision.
Tool 2.4 Representative Sampling: Using Point Counts
Lab 2.4. Determining Porosity of Sandstone Using Point Counts.
Tool 2.5 Using Sieves
Lab 2.5. Sieving a sample, recording results, and constructing a histogram.

Part II--Minerals and the Rocks They Form
Unit 3 Minerals and Gems
Lab 3.1 Solubility of Minerals
Lab 3.2 Hardness of Minerals
Lab 3.3 The Way Minerals Break (Cleavage)
Lab 3.4 Hand-Sample Color vs. Streak Color
Lab 3.5 Density of Minerals
Lab 3.6 Optical Properties of Minerals
Lab 3.7 Interfacial Angles of Crystals
Lab 3.8 Identifying Unknown Minerals
Problems: Mineral Identification
GeoDetectives at Work--The Case of the Little Dark Grains

Unit 4 "Fire-Formed" Igneous Rocks
Lab 4.1 Viscosity of Liquids
Lab 4.2 Depressurization and Gas Separation in Liquids
Lab 4.3 Density of Volcanic Rocks
Lab 4.4 Identifying Igneous Rocks
Igneous Rock Identification Chart
Problems: Igneous Rocks
GeoDetectives at Work--The Case of the Mysterious Balloon Bombs

Unit 5 Sedimentary Rocks: Formed from Sediments in Water and Wind
Lab 5.1 Maturity of Stream Sediments
Lab 5.2 Sieving Detrital Sediment to Sort It
Lab 5.3 Identifying Sedimentary Rocks
Sedimentary Rock Identification Chart
Problems: Sedimentary Rocks
GeoDetectives at Work--The Case of the Heel's Red Quartz Sand

Unit 6 Metamorphic Rocks: Heated, Pressured, Transformed
Lab 6.1 Garnet: A Classic Metamorphic Mineral
Lab 6.2 Fluids Are Crucial for Metamorphism
Lab 6.3 Heat Speeds Metamorphism
Lab 6.4 Identifying Metamorphic Rocks
Metamorphic Rock Identification Chart
Problems: Metamorphic Rocks
GeoDetectives at Work--Betrayal by Staurolite

Part III--Time Beyond Imagining
Unit 7 Geologic Time, Relatively Speaking
Consider the Cyclic Metaphor.
Consider the Linear Metaphor.
Relative Geologic Time
Lab 7.1 Randomness and Extinctions throughout Geologic Time
Lab 7.2 Changes in Trilobites through the First Four Periods of the Paleozoic Era
Problems: Relative Time
GeoDetectives: The Case of the Truly Hard Liquor

Unit 8 Geologic Time, Absolutely Speaking
Lab 8.1 Linear Change
Lab 8.2 Exponential Change
Problems: Absolute Age

Part IV--Movers and Shakers
Unit 9 Plate Tectonics: Geology's Grand Theory
Lab 9.1 Isostasy
Lab 9.2 Pressures and Density Changes Within Earth
Problems: Plate Tectonics
GeoDetectives at Work--The Case of the Misburied Agent

Unit 10 Earthquakes
Lab 10.1 Measuring Velocities of Different Types of Waves
Lab 10.2 Study of a Seismogram
Problems: Earthquakes

Unit 11 Landslides, Slumps, and Creeps
Lab 11.1 Water and the Angle of Repose
Lab 11.2 Particle Shape and the Angle of Repose
Problems: Landslides, Slumps, and Creeps

Part V--Mapping the Sun's Third Planet
Unit 12 Topographic Maps--Revealing the Shape of the Land
Lab 12.1 (PRELAB) Getting Acquainted with Topographic Maps
Lab 12.2 Understanding Elevation and Topography by Looking at Shorelines
Lab 12.3 Reading Topographic Maps

Unit 13 Rock Deformation and Geologic Maps
Lab 13.1 (PRELAB)--Getting Acquainted with the Pine Grove Geologic Map
Lab 13.2 Deformation of Sedimentary Beds
Lab 13.3 Types of Deformation
Lab 13.4 Common Geologic Structures in Three Dimensions
Lab 13.5 A Introduction to Geologic Maps: Pine Grove, Pennsylvania Geologic Map
An Introduction to Geologic Maps
Reading Geologic Maps
Problems: Geologic Deformation (Structures) and Geologic Maps

Part VI--Water: Profoundly Influencing Earth's surface
Unit 14 Streams and Flooding
Lab 14.1 Sorting of Stream Sediments
Lab 14.2 Measuring Stream Velocity and Discharge
Problems: Streams and Flooding

Unit 15 Groundwater
Lab 15.1 Sediment Porosity Depends on Particle Size
Lab 15.2 Sediment Porosity Depends on Particle Shape
Lab 15.3 Capillary Action--In Action!
Problems: Groundwater

Part VII--Change, from Catastrophic to Imperceptible
Unit 16 Catastrophic Change: Impact Craters and Outburst Flooding
Part I: Meteorite Impacts
Lab 16.1 Transformation of Kinetic Energy into Thermal Energy
Problems: Meteorite Impacts
Part II: Glacial Outburst Flooding
Lab 16.2 Simulation of Sediment Distribution After Outburst Flooding
Problems: Glacial Outburst Flooding
GeoDetectives at Work--The Case of the Telltale Pollen

Unit 17 Gradual Change: Glaciers, Deserts, Shorelines, Climate
Lab 17.1 Trends within Trends
Lab 17.2 Particle-Size Distributions Resulting from Gradual Processes
Problems Gradual Change: Glaciers, Deserts, Shorelines, Climate
GeoDetectives at Work-- The Case of Coal on the Rocks

Part VIII--Geology and Wealth
Unit 18 Economic Geology
Lab 18.1 Crystal Form of Gemstones in the Rough: Garnet
Lab 18.2 Crystal Form of Gemstones in the Rough: Diamond
Lab 18.3 Four Common Hydrothermal Minerals and Their Environmental Impact
Lab 18.4 Economic Mineral Identification
Problems: Economic Geology

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