The geology of Connecticut offers a unique opportunity to study the formation and deformation of rocks dating back more than a billion years. These rocks occur in belts that each record the arrival of exotic (plate tectonic) terranes that together built and rebuilt the Appalachian mountain belt. Few states in the nation possess a similar diversity of exposed rock and mineral occurrences. The course consists of weekly Friday afternoon field trips to key localities. Students will learn how to recognize and classify different rock types and distinguish their formational and deformational histories. Emphasis will be on learning (1) to recognize the clues to identifying the origin and evolution of the large variety of sedimentary, volcanic, metamorphic, and igneous rocks in Connecticut and (2) to use them to reconstruct their plate tectonic context. We will include visits to historic sites that influenced our socioeconomic development such as the brownstone quarries and "copper" mines in the Connecticut Valley, and the granite quarries in the southeastern part of the state. A one-day required Saturday field trip will be scheduled during the first class meeting. Student co-enrollment in EE&S 213 or 223 or 230 is encouraged.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: E&ES101 OR E&ES115 OR E&ES213 OR E&ES223 OR E&ES230
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (E&ES)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Electronic readings, list to be provided.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
term paper, exams, and class participation.
|Instructor(s): Wintsch,Robert Times: .....F. 12:20PM-04:10PM; Location: SCIE317; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 4||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 11||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 4||FR: X|
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