NOTE: The handout sheets for field trips are posted at the site for this class;
additional reading materials will be linked to this page. For the reading assigments, I strongly suggest you take notes as you read.
Here are some optional introductory assignments you can do as a warm up for this class:
Either by going to the Kirk Library at
Video assignments (3) due Monday April 29th: Either by going to the Kirk Library at Centralia College and checking out a video or online, watch the Annenberg Earth Revealed videos 18, Metamorphic Rocks, and 10, Geologic Time. Directions for watching the videos online appears at the Annenberg link above.
Week 5a) Text: Alt and Hyndman, Northwest exposures: Part 9, read and take notes on the intro on p. 325 and chapters 44, 47, and 49 on glaciers and glaciations. This assignment will help us to interpret some of the deposits we encounter on field trip 1 to the Puget Lowland on Friday May 3rd.
Alt and Hyndman, Northwest exposures: (IMPORTANT: read this before the field
trip to the Columbia River Gorge on Thursday May 16th).
Part 8, p. 233. Late Tertiary time. In Chapter 33 the authors discuss a meteor
impact somewhere in eastern
You should continue reading in Northwest Exposures up to page 158 at least
By May 23rd
you should be up to p. 260 in Northwest
Exposures. In particular focus on Part 7 and Chapters 23–28 and 31–32 (pp. 157–196
and 215–232). Also focus on p. 241–260 and the great Columbia River Basalts. The
authors propose the hypothesis that a bolide impact (meteor or comet) initiated
these huge lava flows, however there are many other
ideas—Pierce and Morgan suggest there
are many lines of evidence to support a mantle plume hot spot, while James Sears
updated April 23, 2011