GEOL 1315. METEORITES, ASTEROIDS, FLOOD VOLCANISMS AND MASS EXTINCTIONS. 3 Hours.
An introduction to the geology of the solar system from the perspectives of earth science, and the fascinating world of meteorites, asteroids, comets, and impact craters. Special emphasis is on the meteorite evidence for our understanding of planetary formation, the age and origin of the earth, and the role of near synchronous impacts and flood basalts in causing two of the largest mass extinctions in earth history. Weekly practicum with hands-on examination of solar system materials, including observations under polarizing light microscopy. Formerly listed as GEOL 1415, credit will not be given for both.