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Physical Geology explores the processes that are shaping Earth today. It examines the formation of rocks and mineral resources, the volcanic and tectonic activity that accompany release of Earth's internal heat, and the sculpting of the planet's surface that occurs as air, water and ice move in response to gravity and energy from the Sun. Lab activities include identification of rocks and minerals, interpretation of topographic and geologic maps, and field studies of regional geologic features.

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Physical Geology (GEOL 1210) is offered in a lecture plus lab format that uses resources posted on this website (syllabus, course documents and student scores) as well as a companion Etudes site (writing assignment articles). More information about how to log on to Etudes so that you can access the materials available there is given on the Online Student Help page.