GY111 Physical Geology course resources are provided as an aid to learning course content, but are not substitutes for attending class. Do not use the below keys to simply memorize the superficial appearance of the samples. The lab test samples will not come from the laboratory tray specimens, but will instead be selected from my personal collection. Use mineral and rock properties such as hardness, streak, texture, etc., to identify the minerals and rocks.


Lecture 1- Introduction:

Lecture 2- Plate Tectonics:

Lecture 3- Matter & Mineral Physical Properties:

Lecture 4- Igneous Rocks:

Lecture 5- Weathering:

Lecture 6- Sediments & Sedimentary Rocks:

Lecture 7- Metamorphic Rocks:

Lecture 8- Geologic Time:

Lecture 9- Deformation:

Lecture 10- Seismic Waves & Earthquakes:

Lecture 11- Evolution of the Continents:

Lecture 12- Energy Resources:

Lecture 13- Solar System


GY111 Laboratory Manual- Introduction:

Lab Lecture 1- Physical Properties of Minerals:

GY111 Laboratory Manual- Chapter 1 (Minerals):

Mineral Chemical Groups and Formulae:

Lab Exercise 1: Minerals

Mineral sample tray key:

Mineral Identification Chart:

 Periodic Table of the Elements:

GY111 Laboratory Manual- Chapter 2 (Igneous Rocks):

Igneous rocks tray key:

GY111 Laboratory Manual- Chapter 3 (Sedimentary Rocks):

Sedimentary Rock Classification Chart

Sedimentary rocks tray key:

GY111 Laboratory Manual- Chapter 4 (Metamorphic Rocks):

Metamorphic rocks tray key:

Geologic mapping and block diagram lab exercise:


NOTE: The below practice exams are just that- i.e. none of the questions on the practice exams will necessarily appear on the exam that you (the student) take in my course. These practice exams are meant to give you an idea of the test format, the length of the exam, the scope of each test, and the level of detail that I expect you to know the material.

Sample Lecture Test 1:

Sample Lecture Test 1 Key:

Sample Lecture Test 2:

Sample Lecture Test 2 Key:

Sample Lecture Final  Exam:

Sample Lecture Final Exam Key:

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University of South Alabama

Department of Geology and Geography