Spring 2014 Free Adult Course ~ Paleontology/Geology Series
Sedimentary Rock: Geology's Time Capsule
Professor Jason Downs
This course runs 8 Saturdays, February 1 - March 22, 2014, 10:30AM - 12PM
At the Penn Museum, 3260 South Street (33rd and Spruce Sts.)
The entrance for the course is at the east end of the building, next to the garage.
This course requires pre-registration and space is limited.
Sedimentary rock is formed when mineral and organic particles (or sediment) are naturally cemented together. Because these rocks are the only ones to be built of accumulated components, they are the only rocks that trap the remains of past life (fossils). Because these rocks are the only ones to form at Earth’s surface, they serve a primary role in the study of ancient surface processes and ancient environments. Sedimentology is the scientific study of the classification, origin, and interpretation of sediments and sedimentary rocks. Stratigraphy is the science of studying the stratification (or layering) of sedimentary rocks. This course will communicate 1) the fundamental concepts behind sedimentology and stratigraphy, 2) the analysis and interpretation of modern and ancient environments of sediment desposition (rivers, lakes, oceans, deserts, glaciers), and 3) the applications of sedimentology and stratigraphy in environmental and economic pursuits.
The Institute’s adult evening courses grew out of the original lectures given by William Wagner at his home. Since its incorporation in 1855, the Wagner's faculty has included distinguished scientists and educators from the many educational and research institutions in the region. Many hold joint appointments with the Wagner and institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, the Academy of Natural Sciences and Temple University. Today the courses are held off-site at a variety of locations throughout the city to make them accessible to a wide audience.
The adult lecture courses are offered on an introductory college level. They are open to anyone seeking an introduction to various areas of the sciences as well as those familiar with the subjects who wish to broaden and update their knowledge. The courses also provide an excellent opportunity for motivated middle and high school students to supplement their current science courses and to help prepare them for further study in these fields at a college level. The courses are appropriate as well for teachers seeking to expand their knowledge.