12.001 Introduction to Geology

Spring 2008

An unconformity results from discontinuous deposition of sediments. (Image courtesy of NASA.)

Course Description

This undergraduate level course presents a basic study in geology. It introduces major minerals and rock types, rock-forming processes, and time scales; temperatures, pressures, compositions, structure of the Earth, and measurement techniques; geologic structures and relationships observable in the field; sediment movement and landform development by moving water, wind, and ice; crustal processes and planetary evolution in terms of global plate tectonics with an emphasis on ductile and brittle processes.
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Prof. Lindy Elkins-Tanton

Course Meeting Times

Lectures and Labs:
3 sessions / week
2 hours / session