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Geo 335 - Geology & Mineral Resources of Texas

This site is designed to introduce an upper division course on the Geology and Mineral Resources of Texas to prospective students at the University of Texas at Austin and to provide information of use to current students. GEO 335 is a course in general geologic and resource principles, from the perspective of the approximately 1.5 billion year history recorded in the rocks exposed in Texas. The nature and requirements of the course are provided, along with references to Texas geology and links to other relevant sites.

Geology 335 provides a discussion of general geology and mineral resources with a focus on a particular portion of the earth's crust, that is, Texas and adjacent regions. The objectives of this course are to develop greater understanding of geologic principles, with emphasis on those that are particularly important to the geologic history of Texas and contiguous areas. In addition to learning more about the surface geology of Texas, we will also be using information gained from a variety of techniques on the nature of the rocks that form the upper part of this portion of the earth's crust. This information commonly is important to the distribution of subsurface mineral resources. The perspective of our study of Texas' geology and resources will be one of understanding not only the "what and where?", but particularly the geologic "how and why?" that led to their development. That is, we will treat geology as the "science of earth processes", not the study of rocks, whose role is merely to provide the evidence, albeit imperfect, of those long dormant processes

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