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Historical Geology explores how Earth and the life it supports have changed through time. Geologic principles are used to reconstruct the planet's origin and the events that have modified the physical environment, whereas fossils are used to trace the history of life and assess how natural selection and environmental change have shaped living communities. Lab exercises include identification of rocks and fossils, map interpretation and field study of regional geologic history.

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Historical Geology (GEOL 1220) is offered in a lecture plus lab format that uses resources posted on this website (syllabus, course resources and student scores) as well as a companion Etudes site (online study questions, writing assignment articles, announcements and private messages). More information about how to log on to Etudes so that you can access materials there is available on the Etudes Student Help page.