Historical Geology 102
Mesozoic Study Guide


After the "Mesozoic" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What are the Periods of the Mesozoic?

Describe what is happening tectonically and volcanically to the eastern margin of North America during the early Mesozoic?

When did the Gulf of Mexico begin to form?

What is the Palisades Sill?

What global event caused the transgression during the Zuni Sequence?

What is special about the Karoo Basin?

What major events occurs in India during the Mesozoic?

What major events occurs in South America during the Mesozoic?

What are the orogenies of the Cordilleran Orogeny?

What is accretionary tectonics?

What is an allochthon?

How many allochthons have been found in western North America?

Describe the location, timing and mountain building event of the Sonoma Orogeny.

Describe the location, timing and mountain building event of the Nevadan Orogeny.

Describe the location, timing and mountain building event of the Sevier Orogeny.

Describe the location, timing and mountain building event of the Laramide Orogeny.

Describe the plate tectonics of the Laramide Orogeny.

In which type of environment was the Chinle Formation deposited?

In which type of environment was the Navajo Sandstone deposited?

In which type of environment were the Morrison and Sundance Formations deposited?

In which type of environment was the Dakota Formation deposited?