Syllabus

Schedule of Lectures and Labs
(Lectures are in Scovel 116 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from
11:00 – 11:50 a.m.)

Week 21 August
Introduction: The Cenozoic, Geomorphic Concepts and Basics
Reading: Read this excerpt from S. Schumm’s book To Interpret the Earth, Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Ritter (your textbook).
Lab: We will in the lab (Scovel 305) on Monday (26 August). Here is the outline for all labs and for your project (due at the end of the course). Here are top ten things to consider when writing up labs – we will discuss these in class.
Preparation Questions

Week 26 August
Weathering: Physical and Chemical
Reading: Read Chapters 3 and 4 in Ritter (your text). Raymo and Ruddiman will provide the big picture for weathering and the details can be found here.
Lab: Monday Lab in Scovel 305 – Intro to LIDAR.
Preparation Questions

2 September
Weathering and Soils
Reading: Again Chapters 3 and 4 and Introduction to soils – read Retallack (reading 3 o the readings page (password is wooster)).
Lab: Fieldtrip to Wooster Memorial Park – our first field project.
Preparation Questions

9 September – We begin discussion about soils. To keep up your soils IQ read this. Also take a look at the Geofact series put out by the ODNR – read the one on aglime. The various resources of the NRCS and the excellent site mantained by the University of Idaho. To find the soils survey maps online go to this site. To download the physiographic, glacial, soils, geologic and shaded relief maps for Ohio to to the ODNR site.(Resources: Soils Maps (NRCS), StreamStats (USGS))here are some videos showing you how to use Google Earth – spreadsheets etc. click here and login.
Lab: We will take a quick trip and then work on a soils lab. 
Reading: We really can’t talk about soils without some understanding of biogeochemical cycles – go to the readings page and read Reading 5.
Preparation Questions

16 September – We have an exam on 20 September (Friday) – As a guide take a look at this past exam. Note that some of these topics we have not covered but all in all it will help.
Mass Movements, Hillslope Hydrology and Hydrographs
Lab: We will take a quick trip and then work on a soils lab.  
Preparation Questions

23 September – Note that Wiles will be at the
Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America on Monday – there will be no formal meeting of class and lab on Monday – but you will have a LIDAR assignment

TOPIC: Mass Movements, Hillslope Hydrology and Hydrographs
Fluid Mechanics, Fluvial Landforms and the Cycle of Erosion
Reading: Here is a brief introduction to hillside processes.   Preparation Questions
LAB: We will meet in the computer lab today and work with some hydrologic data from the Killbuck River.

1 October – Introduction to Streams
Reading: The Lane Reading.
Lab – We will be traveling to Apple Creek for a fluvial and groundwater lab – like the soils maps of the NRCS and Streamstats the USGS site.
Preparation Questions

after classes on 4 October – 13 October – Fall Break

14 October – The fluvial system – load supply and stream patterns is the topic – Lab will be in Scovel 305.

Resource: Resources for Fern Valley. 1 – maps and logs. Fern Valley exercise here.We will obtain well log from water wells here. The oil and gas wells can be found here. Streamstats is here. For topographic maps and orthophotos look here . We will be looking at three sites on the Shreve and New Pittsburgh USGS 7.5 minute quads.For the stream classification part of the lab look here or cruise the web for materials. Here is the groundwater/glacial map for Holmes County. Here is a report about the Pollution Potential for Holmes (the so-called PP report). You have the Soils map for the Fern Valley area from lab two weeks ago. Fern Valley – describe deposits and construct a conceptual diagram and geologic cross-section according to the handout – this is due next Monday see handout from last week. 
Preparation Questions

21 October
Read: We will continue discussion about streams and what controls the formation and modification of stream channels. See here for a reading.
Lab: Lab will be spent going out to the Little Killbuck exposure.
Preparation Questions

28 October – 1 November – Exam Friday (Review sheet Review Exam 2and we will continue with discussion of streams patterns their controls and hydrography. See here for a reading.
Lab will be in Scovel 305. Read this classic on mill ponds.299.full
Preparation Questions

4  November Introduction to Groundwater, groundwater/surface water interaction and aquifers. Note that we will have an exam Friday 2 November  (A previous exam is found here: ExamII_2014).
Reading: Continue with Chapter 7 in text, and the Younger Groundwater Chapter (in readings section). Also for Monday read – the Ogallala Aquifer reading in the reading section (reading 10). Be sure to watch this video as well.
Lab: Wooster Wellfield – there may still be corn on it, but we will make the most of it. Seems like good timing with the theme of groundwater this week.
Preparation QuestionsReading: Reading is Younger Groundwater Chapter (in readings section).
Lab: Rittman Pit – a remarkable learning experience.
Preparation Questions

11 November- Groundwater week.
Lab: Mystery deposit on the Little Killbuck – it is about a mile walk back to the site.
Read: Chapter 1 of Younger (reading number nine on the reading page).

18 November – Glaciers and Glaciation We will finish up aquifer characteristics during lab, streams and deltas.Classification of Glaciers.
Reading: This week check out Dr. Crawford’s excellent blog on the YD – thanks to Simon for alerting us on this new information. This is relevant to the Ice Age world and to Geomorphology.
Lab:We will meet in Scovel 116 to reduce the well data and talk about cross-sections from well logs.
Preparation Questions

25 November  (final Project Due on the 30 Nov. – Friday).
Glacier Erosion and Deposition
Reading:Read Chapter 10 in the book on the readings page and this link
Lab: Glaciers and glaciation is the topic.
Preparation Questions

2 December – Glaciers and Periglacial Environments (Readings handed out in class )
Lab: We will presenting and displaying the projects during the lab period and perhaps going over the course materials as a review.
Preparation Questions

Final: 12 Noon in Scovel 116 on 9 December (Monday)

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