CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City
ESCI 109, Section 02
Fall 2009

Review Sheet for Exam #2 (November 10, 2009)                                                                                            Dr. Sanders

For the exam, you should be able to do the following:


Using maps: use, correlate, and interpret maps of the Chicago area, including road map, topographic map, physiographic map, and geologic map.

w Use the Library website and databases to search for and locate resources.

Glacial Geology

w Describe the glacial processes that led to the development of the Chicago landscape. 

w Define the terms moraine, end moraine, ground moraine, lake plain, outlet valley, and till, and explain their relevance to Chicago geology.

Topographic Maps

  Explain the concepts contour, contour interval, and topographic map.

  Use contours on a topographic map to find the location of hills and stream valleys.

  Determine the direction of flow of a stream using contours on a topographic map.

  Sketch what a stream valley would look like on a topographic map. 

  Using contours on a topographic map, point out areas of steeper slopes and less steep slopes.

The Mega-Mosaic

w  Determine the locations of high land and low land for a select group of topographic quadrangles.

w  Put together the information from the topographic quadrangles to complete a "mosaic" picture of topography in the area of interest.

Putting It All Together

  Using topographic, geologic, physiographic, and street maps, locate the position of a specific study area.

w  Describe the study area in terms of its topography and surficial geology.

w  Generate hypotheses for the study area's formation

w  Generate hypotheses explaining the link between geology and land use in the area.

w  List the steps you would take to investigate this study area on a field trip.

Rock Wall

View the slide show describing the rock wall experience we will have next week. 

State your goal with respect to the rock wall climbing experience we will have on Thursday.  (See the slide show here.)  Share your goal with your team, and discuss how to support each other in reaching that goal on Thursday.

Department of Earth Science | Northeastern Illinois University

Copyright 2009 Laura L. Sanders.  Last updated November 5, 2009.