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Module GLU33925: Geological Field Skills 2  

  Module GLU33925
Co-ordinator: Dr David Chew
Course Type: Mandatory

In-course assessment 100%

ECTS: 10 credits

GLU22905 and GLU22906

Contact hours & timing:

Hilary Term
Weeks 32-33

Module Learning Aims

To build on the field skills gained in module GL3324, by introducing new techniques, developing and improving geological mapping skills and improving interpretative skills in the field.

Module Content

Undergraduate field courses provide vital experience in practising core subject skills. Much of this module will comprise a two-week residential field course to a region of active tectonics.  It will comprise a series of exercises in the techniques of geological fieldwork and mapping, and development of an understanding of how the geology of the field area is related to the tectonics of a region.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • accurately locate yourself in the field using topographic base maps, satellite imagery and / or GPS
  • make essential field observations and measurements, including recognition of major rock types and geological structures
  • use a compass-clinometer with familiarity to measure geological structures
  • construct a geological map (field slips and interpretative map) and stratigraphic log and accurately record field observations in a notebook, as notes, sketches or tabulated data
  • construct a geological cross-section on the basis of a geological map
  • identify and interpret a range of sedimentary structures and their depositional environments
  • identify diagnostic metamorphic assemblages in the field  
  • be familiar with a range of volcanic rocks and their modes of deposition and be able to use this information to determine eruptive style
  • to evaluate the regional geology and tectonic setting in the context of an active orogenic belt

Field trip

An additional cost will be charged for attending the field trip. Please contact the module co-ordinator for further information.