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Geology of Pictured Rocks

GLG 262BW

Geology of Pictured Rocks

GLG 262BW

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2.

Studies the bedrock geology and geologic setting of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, including surrounding rocks and water falls. Weekend field trip is required with student paying their own expenses. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Describe the rocks within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and surrounding areas.

Objectives:

  • List major classes of rocks.
  • Outline the steps involved in the formulation of sedimentary rocks.
  • Describe the rock formations comprising Pictured Rocks.
  • Classify and identify unknown rocks on the basis of their physical characteristics.
  • Discuss how fossils and rocks are used to tell geologic time.

Describe and identify the unique geologic characteristics in and surrounding the Pictured Rocks.

Objectives:

  • Critically assess the depositional environments of rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline.
  • Explain the significance of sedimentary structures.
  • Outline the history of the Michigan Basin.
  • Identify the geologic setting and time context of the rocks along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Explain the pleistocene and recent geologic history of the Pictured Rocks area.

Objectives:

  • Outine the evidence of changing lake levels along Lake Superior.
  • Discuss landforms created by pleistocene glaciation of the upper peninsula.
  • Describe effects of isostatic rebound on the Pictured Rocks area.
  • Explain the recent erosional development of landforms within the Pictured Rocks area.