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Geology of Northern Lower Michigan

GLG 267

Geology of Northern Lower Michigan

GLG 267

Course Description

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

Studies the rocks and glaciated features of the lower peninsula of Michigan. Includes rock types, origin of landscape features, and studies of the exposed bedrock geology. Weekend field trip required with students paying own expenses. (15-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Describe the rocks and geologic formations of the northern lower peninsula.

Objectives:

  • State the three major classes of rocks.
  • Explain the rock cycle.
  • Outline the steps involved in the formation of a sedimentary rock.
  • Classify by rock type, and identify unknown rocks on the basis of their physical properties.

Explain the process of fossilization and describe rocks likely to contain fossils.

Objectives:

  • Discriminate different types of fossils from hand specimens.
  • Contrast relative vs. absolute time and their usage in dating fossils.
  • Outline the steps in the fossilization process.

Explain and identify geologic features found in northern lower Michigan.

Objectives:

  • Describe the formation of the Michigan Basin.
  • Identify geologic formations exposed in northern lower Michigan.
  • Describe the effects of glaciation on northern lower Michigan.
  • Identify land features in northern lower Michigan unique to continental glaciation.