Physical Geology

...lectures and other classroom information

Mike Strickler: Grants Pass High School

Class Logistics

First Day Orientation

Grading Policy and other Classroom Information


Introduction to the Earth

Introduction to the study of the Earth

Introduction to Geology

Introduction to Geologic Time

Time line lab


Matter, Minerals, and Rocks

Introduction to Matter

Minerals and Mineral Identification

Introduction to Crystalline Solids (Minerals)

Properties of Minerals

Mineral Identification Tests

Mineral Classes

Igneous Rocks

Sedimentary Rocks

Metamorphic Rocks


The Physical Earth

Introduction to Tectonics

Beginnings - the origin of the universe and solar system

Differentiation and the Internal Structure of the Earth


Continental Drift and Plate Tectonics

Continental Drift

Plate Tectonics: an overview


Overview of plate tectonics

Plate boundaries

What are the plates moving around on?

Let's look closer at plates and plate boundaries

Zones of Divergence

Zones of Convergence

Zones of Lateral Movement

Other features and problems

Plate tectonics and the formation of igneous rock

Mechanism of Plate Tectonics

Divergent Plate Boundaries

Convergent Plate Boundaries





Global Distribution

Classification of Volcanoes

Mafic eruptions

Intermediate eruptions

Felsic eruptions

Volcano lyrics (Jimmy Buffett)


Earthquakes and Tectonic Processes

Faults and Folds


Historical Geology

Geologic Time

Relative Age Dating

Introduction to Paleontology



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