||GO 568 Structural Geology|
Preliminary student roster.
- Dec. 9: Exam 3 is now available. Please follow instructions for turning in your answers by the deadline.
- Dec. 5: We finish our lectures this week with a review of tectonic developments in northern Europe and central Europe. All lab exercises are due at this time. The third exam will follow the same format as previous tests; it will be placed online as determined in our last class meeting.
- Nov. 28: Welcome back from Thanksgiving! We continue to review regional structural geology, focusing this week on western North America--see Rocky Mountains and Rio Grande Rift. And we will do the final lab exercise on paleomagnetism--lab 12.
Note: All lab exercises are due by next week. This includes the Chase County field exercise.
- Nov. 20: No class meeting this week. Nonetheless, we have a reading exercise--see Appalachian Mountains and Ouachita Mountains. Have a happy Thanksgiving!
- Nov. 14: Exam 2 is completed and grading is in progress. We will review results in class on Wednesday. We continue the theme of plate tectonics with lab 11 and discussion of paleomagnetism.
Seminar: Dr. Elena Volkova will present "Wetlands of Russia" on Wednesday in SH 123. She will also talk about some of her work in the United States. Refreshments will be served at 3:40 pm, followed by the seminar at 4 o'clock. Seminar attendence is part of the course participation grade.
- Nov. 6: The second exam is now available. Please follow instructions for submitting your answers by the deadline. Reading this week deals with plate tectonics--see SGRR chap. 10. Note: earth science seminar by Dr. Morales on Wednesday afternoon.
- Oct. 31: We continue the theme of faults--see fractures II and read SGRR 6. Our exercise is lab 10, which combines faults and folds. Note: your second exam is coming up next week; it will cover lecture and lab material through this week.
Have a happy Halloween!
- Oct. 24: Our subject this week is faults & fractures I; see also SGRR 5 & 9. The lab exercise will develop concepts of stress and rock failure--go to lab 9. Note: our field trip is scheduled for Oct. 29. Meet at Science Hall parking lot at 8 o'clock. Bring your lunch/beverage and wear appropriate clothing and footgear.
Aerial views of ESU's recent homecoming football game are now available-see homecoming 2005. Note earth science seminar on Thursday (see below).
- Oct. 21: Earth Science Seminar: Considering a career in geology or engineering? Presented by Dr. Tom Mulinazzi and Betty Rose from the Kansas State Board of Technical Professions. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2:30 pm, SH 123. Attendance is part of your class participation.
- Oct. 17: Our subject this week deals with stress and strain--see SGRR chap. 2 and 3. For lab work, we continue the theme of stereographic projections--see lab 8.
Our class field trip is confirmed for Saturday, Oct. 29th. We will follow the Cottonwood Limestone throughout Chase County as the basis for making a structure contour map. More trip details next week.
A selection of kite aerial photographs taken recently by your instructor along the South Texas coast is now available--see Texas.
- Oct. 13: A selection of kite aerial photographs taken by your instructor last month is now available--see Denmark.
- Oct. 10: We continue to work with stereographic projections this week--see lab 7. At this time, all previous lab exercise are due, and we will review them in class. Also we will review exam I. We need to determine a suitable date for a field trip in late October or early November.
- Oct. 2: Exam I is complete, and results will be sent individually to students. All scores are in the 80s percentage range, which is good for this course. For the coming week, work on stereonets--SGRR H and lab 6.
- Sep. 26: J.S. Aber has returned after a most successful trip to Denmark. Our subject this week continues the theme of folds. Also we will begin the subject of stereonets and lab 6.
Note: exam I is in progress and is due tomorrow.
- Sep. 23: The first exam is now available. Please follow instructions for submitting your answers by the deadline.
- Sep. 19: Your first exam is coming up soon. It will be placed online Friday, Sep. 23rd and will be due on Tuesday, Sep. 27th. The exam will cover all reading and lab material through this week.
More kite aerial photography results from Denmark. We visited Skagen, which is the northernmost point of the mainland, where the Skaggerak (North Sea) meets the Kattagat (Baltic Sea) between Norway and Sweden. This is a famous scenic and touristic locale. Among the interesting historical features are several generations of lighthouses.
||View northeastward toward Grenen, the sandy tip of Skagen. The brick lighthouse just in front of Grenen is the "new" one built in 1858. It is still in operation today. Boulder barriers protect the coast from erosion during storms.|
||View toward the southwest over the city of Skagen. Hvide Fyr (white lighthouse) is the tower in lower right corner. It was built in 1816 and is now a historical monument. Red tile roofs are traditional in Denmark.
- Sep. 15: Greetings from Denmark! Our first efforts for kite aerial photography yielded some excellent results for the Limfjord region of northwestern Denmark. The Limfjord is a large, complex estuary system with narrow connections to the open sea.
||Northward view over Feggeklit, a cliff section on the east (right) side of scene, which is part of a long, narrow peninsula within the Limfjord. This cliff is a famous site for glaciotectonic deformation of Tertiary bedrock. Cattle are grazing on low, wet meadows in lower left corner of view. |
||View toward southwest over the island of Mors and Limfjord. Factory in right background is a brickworks. Kite flyers are visible at bottom center of scene, along with the kite line.
Note: J.S. Aber has intermittent Internet access and may not be able to respond to student inquiries immediately. In the mean time, continue working on course assignments--see course schedule.
- Sep. 10: The subject for the upcoming week is folds; see also SGRR 7. Students should complete exercise 3 and begin lab 4.
Note: J.S. Aber will be away from campus, on a scientific trip to Denmark, for the period Sept. 12-23. During this period, he should have wireless Internet access, so continue to send assignments in a routine manner.
- Sep. 5: We will review lab 2 this week. Bring what you have done to turn in--paper map and answers. This "warm up" exercise will not be graded for those students who make an effort to complete it.
Our main subject this week includes primary structures. Lab 3 is based on RockWorks software to plot a rose diagram for paleocurrent interpretation.
Looking ahead to the next couple of weeks, we will review folds I as well as lab 4 and lab 5.
Return to structural geology syllabus.
GO 568 © J.S. Aber (2005).