Tulane University

Earth & Environmental Sciences 1110
Physical Geology

Fall 2015  
Professor Stephen A. Nelson

 

 

Physical Geology - The nature of the Earth; development of its surficial features; and the results of the interaction of chemical,  physical, and biological factors on the planet.  This course requires co-registration in Earth & Environmental Sciences 1115, Physical Geology Laboratory.

 

Professor  Stephen A. Nelson
Send e-mail to Prof. Nelson -  snelson@tulane.edu

 

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Announcements  - Look here during the semester for announcements concerning this course.

April 2, 2012 - The second midterm has been graded. You can see the score distribution by clicking HERE.  Exams will be handed back in class on Tuesday, April 3rd.

February 17, 2012 - The first midterm exam has been graded.  You can see the score distribution and other information on this exam by clicking HERE.  Only 3 of you had points deducted for still thinking that magmas come from the liquid outer core of the Earth.  The exams will be handed back in class on Thursday after Mardi Gras.  Meanwhile have a happy Mardi Gras.

 

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Lecture Notes

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Note that only the items with the red asterisk (*) have been updated for the Spring 2015 semester.

Ch 1 & 2 - Planet Earth

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Ch 3 & 4 - Plate Tectonics

 

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Ch 5 - Minerals

 

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 Ch 6 - Igneous Rocks

 

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Ch 9 - Volcanoes

 

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Ch 7 - Weathering & Soils

 

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Ch 7 - Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks

 

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Ch 8 - Metamorphic Rocks

 

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Ch 10 - Earthquakes & the Earth's Interior

 

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Ch 11 - Mountains and Deformation of Rock  

 

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Ch 12 - Geologic Time

 

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Ch 14 -   Energy Resources

 

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Ch 15 - Mineral Resources

 

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Ch 16 - Mass Movements

 

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Ch 17 - Streams

 

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Ch 18 - Oceans and Coasts  

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Ch 19   - Groundwater

 

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Ch 21 - Deserts

 

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Ch 22- Glaciers

 

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Ch 23 - Global Change  

 

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Links to Geology Web Sites of Interest

General

Plate Tectonics

Minerals

Volcanoes

Geologic Time

Mass Wasting

Earthquakes

 


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