Geology 1122 - Historical Geology


Original syllabus: here

Updated course schedule: here


Online Lectures (= unlisted youtube videos of my in-class slide show lectures; no narration/no audio.  Everything I would say in class is given on the slides.  Take notes as you would in class - large text/outlines are most important.  Make simple sketches, if needed/warranted.  Use the book’s illustrations as additional references.  Each video automatically goes through each slide.  One can use the settings in the lower right corner of the video window to slow down the pace.  One can pause the video to stare at photos & take notes.)


Below is a list of lecture topics for the rest of the course.


Middle Paleozoic handout (if you have a printer): here

Middle Paleozoic lecture (continued) (= marine life): here

Middle Paleozoic lecture (continued) (= nonmarine life): here


Late Paleozoic handout # 1 (if you have a printer): here

Late Paleozoic - intro. & geology: here


Late Paleozoic handout # 2 (if you have a printer): here

Late Paleozoic - life: here


Late Paleozoic handout # 3 (if you have a printer): here

Late Paleozoic - Permian-Triassic mass extinction: here


Mesozoic handout # 1 (if you have a printer): here

Mesozoic - intro. & geology: here


Mesozoic handout # 2 (if you have a printer): here

Mesozoic - life 1: here


Mesozoic handout # 3 (if you have a printer): here

Mesozoic - life 2: here


Mesozoic handout # 4 (if you have a printer): here

Mesozoic - life 3: here


Mesozoic handout # 5 (if you have a printer): here

Mesozoic - mass extinctions: here


Cenozoic handout # 1: here

Cenozoic - intro. & geology: here


Cenozoic handout # 2: here

Cenozoic - life # 1: here


Cenozoic handout # 3: here

Cenozoic - life # 2 & extinctions: here


Final exam (“take home”): here


There are excellent reasons for everything here - please do exactly as asked.


The final exam will cover all presented material from the beginning of the Late Paleozoic life topic to the end of the course.  There will be no questions about old topics.


Students may use their notes, the course textbook, and James St. John’s geology website to answer questions.  Outside sources are not inherently reliable - don’t use them.  (I saw that multiple times on the last test - use your own notes.)


Do not include the actual test questions - I just want the answers.  DO NOT INCLUDE ACTUAL TEST QUESTIONS, PLEASE.


Do not use automated question numbers - type them in yourself - disable the automated numbers - such things are a royal mess and huge waste of time for me to undo in order to efficiently grade tests.







Answers must be submitted in typed form by e-mail to James St. John (“stjohn.2” at “”) by 6:00 PM on Thursday, 30 April 2020 from student’s own OSU e-mail accounts.  Put “Geology 1122 final exam” in the subject line.  Test answers submitted by non-OSU e-mail accounts will be trashed, unopened and unread.  Do not put attachments in your test answer e-mails.  DO NOT PUT ATTACHMENTS IN YOUR REPLY E-MAILS.  You may compose your answers in a word processing program, if desired, but copy-and-paste this info. into your submitted e-mail to me.  NO  ATTACHMENTS.  Do not highlight the test file I provide and send it back.  Just type out the answers in an e-mail.  Please please please.


Tests with answers identical to those submitted by other students will be automatically failed.  Do the test yourself.



Some Archean rocks             More Archean rocks

Some Proterozoic rocks 1    More Prot. rocks

Some Proterozoic rocks 2       (PP) (MP) (NP)

Some Cambrian rocks          More Cambr. rocks

Some Ordovician rocks        More Ord. rocks

Some Silurian rocks             More Sil. rocks

Some Devonian rocks           More Dev. rocks

Some Mississippian rocks    More Miss. rocks

Some Pennsylvanian rocks  More Penn. rocks

Some Permian rocks             More Perm. rocks

Some Triassic rocks              More Triass. rocks

Some Jurassic rocks             More Jur. rocks

Some Cretaceous rocks        More Cret. rocks

Paleocene rocks & fossils

Eocene rocks & fossils

Oligocene rocks & fossils

Miocene rocks & fossils

Pliocene rocks & fossils





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