Physical Geology at Georgia Perimeter College

Dr. Pamela Gore

New World Seafloor Map from NOAA, Marine Geology and Geophysics Division

Click here to see complete map
Explanation of map
Link to images from NOAA
As the world turns - animated gif
Global Relief - Select a view of the Earth to rotate globe
Topography of Georgia

Course Syllabus

Helpful Resources

Submit your questions and comments to Dr. Gore at Georgia Geoscience Online

Interactive Course Outline


Lecture Notes Homework Assignments Additional references
Introduction to Physical Geology

  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Important information for class

    Topographic Maps
    (for lab)
    Stone Mountain Topo Lab



    Worldwide Distribution of Earthquakes - Due _________

    Learn how to locate earthquake epicenters on-line. - Due __________
    Print out the Certificate of Completion with your name when finished.

    Dacula, GA Earthquake Intensity Exercise and this map

    Earthquake Information Page
    Seismic Resources on the Web - Part 1
    Seismic Resources on the Web - Part 2
    Seeing California Move With Global Positioning Satellites
    Interior of the Earth

    Earth's Interior from UNR

    Earth's Interior notes from U. Texas, El Paso

    New England Meteoritical Services

    Plate tectonics

    Please print out movie notes and see video
    Planet Earth - The Living Machine.

    Map showing age of the ocean crust - NOAA
    Spinning globe showing age of ocean crust - NOAA
    Plate Tectonics - The cause of earthquakes - great graphics!
    Tectonic and paleogeographic maps (and Grand Canyon)

    Good Plate Tectonics notes from Volcano World. Click on arrow at bottom to go on to each section.


    Hints for pre-lab mineral quiz

  • Crystal Structure Movies
  • The Mineral Gallery
  • World Wide Mineral Link Collection
  • Physical Characteristics of Minerals
  • Minerals, Magmas, and Volcanic Rocks. Includes good diagrams of silicate tetrahedra.
  • Gems and Precious Stones Internet Course
  • Mineral formula database
  • Rocks and minerals in thin section
  • Minerals in thin section - is it working?
  • Smithsonian Gem and Mineral Collection
  • Mineral Museum in Paris
  • The World of Amber
  • Igneous Rocks
    Ancient Lava Flows and Plutons

    Hints for pre-lab igneous quiz

    Igneous rock chart. Print out and bring to lab.

    Minerals, Igneous Rocks and Volcanoes web homework

    Minerals, Magmas, and Volcanic Rocks. Includes classification and good photos of igneous rocks.
    See Petroglyph - An interactive program which simulates looking at thin sections with a petrographic microscope
    Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals, and Textures


    Please print out movie notes and bring to class: Volcanoes - Exploring the Restless Earth

    Volcano Research and Writing Assignment

    Volcano Information Page
    Information on currently erupting volcanoes.
    QuickTime movie of Popocatepetal eruption Movies of volcanic eruptions and pillow lava formation



    Weathering slides - Part 1 , Part 2 - Duke Univ.
    Main Index for Weathering Catalogue
    Weathering and Soil - John Butler, U. Houston
    Weathering of Granite and origin of sediment - GA Southern
    Chemical Weathering of Marble at the mall
    Small-scale weathering in Tunisia
    Karst in Slovenia
    Weathering and Karst
    Virtual Geomorphology
    Weathering of Rocks and Minerals
    Earth Science - Weathering and Erosion
    Sedimentary Rocks

    Sedimentary Structures and Stratigraphic Features

    Hints for pre-lab sedimentary quiz

    USGS Bedform Sedimentology Site - images and movies
    Quick Time movies of bedforms
    Metamorphic Rocks
    Metamorphic Rock pictures
    Hints for pre-lab metamorphic rock quiz
    Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals, and Textures

    Hydrologic Cycle, Running Water, Erosion, and Sediment Transport


    Please print out movie notes and bring to classThe Great River

    Georgia Geology and Hydrology Online Assignment

    See this neat site on the Water Cycle with Shockwave!

    Flood damage and related features in Albany, GA

    Hydrology and Flooding - annotated references with links

    Mississippi River flooding
    U.S. Geological Survey Water Resources Branch, Georgia
    Current Georgia hydrology
    Past monthly reports on Georgia hydrology

    Crustal Deformation

    Geologic Structures - U. Texas, El Paso Structural Geology Lab - U. Texas, El Paso
    Structure models - U. Texas, El Paso
    Digital relief map of the U.S.
    Color landform atlas of the U.S.
    Shaded relief map of Georgia
    Structural Geology Slide Set
    Radar imagery and text of folded mountains in the Apppalachians near Sunbury, PA.
    Print out the image and draw in the correct fold axis symbols in the proper locations.

    Geology of Georgia Geology and Geography of Georgia Lab

    Stone Mountain Field Trip Worksheet
    Print this out and work on it in the field.

    Mount Arabia oblique air photo

    Map of major Georgia faults

    Georgia Southern University pages on Geology of Georgia Satellite image of Georgia - Color Composite, 1996
    Mountain building



    Ocean Floor


    See videos:
  • The Beach - A River of Sand
  • Portrait of a Coast


    Mass Wasting

    Mass Wasting links and class notes - Univ. of Texas, El Paso

    Links to other geology sites

    Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
    Try the "Ask-A-Geologist" service offered by the U.S. Geological Survey. If you have an e-mail account, try sending e-mail to this address:

    Old Assignments

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    Copyright Pamela J. W. Gore, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2009

    This page was created by Dr. Pamela J. W. Gore
    Department of Geology
    Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus
    555 North Indian Creek Drive
    Clarkston, GA 30021-2396.

    First version created September 1994
    Modified November 23, 1998
    Modified May 25, 2000
    Modified November 20, 2000
    Modified May 6, 2003
    Updated to facstaff, and email updated August 28, 2008