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GEOL2026 Maps, Images and Structures

GEOL2026

AIMS

To enable students to analyze geological maps and begin to observe, record and interpret geological outcrops in the field.  To provide students with an introduction to the morphological and mechanistic features of structural geology, as well as all the types of structure likely to be encountered by students undertaking field mapping in later years.

OUTCOMES

By the end of the course, the student should:

  • have acquired knowledge of classification and terminology associated with different geological structures, and a broad understanding of how they form;
  • be able to engage in structural synthesis and interpretation of problem maps and geological survey maps;
  • have gained field experience of basic geological mapping techniques and produced a fair copy map and report
  • be able to draw a simple digital geological map

CONTENT

The course aims to introduce geological structures and the construction of geological maps, with some reference to air photographs or satellite images. It will teach elements of map interpretation including the construction and analysis of cross sections, three-point problems and the concept and uses of structural contours. Lectures and labs will introduce the field description and interpretation of geological structures. A geological field trip will take place prior to the start of the course, and will introduce students to the techniques of geological mapping.  The student field slips will form the basis of the construction of a digital map using Adobe Illustrator.

Title Maps, Images and Structures
UG Code GEOL2026
Coordinator Dr Wendy Kirk
Other Contributors Prof Juergen Thurow; Dr Heather Cheshire, Mrs Danuta Kaminski
Term 1
Credit 0.5 CU
Written Exam  
Coursework 100% (50% fieldwork exercises; 50% practical exercises)
Pre-Requisites GEOL1013 The Earth
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement GCSE Maths.
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 7 days
Other None
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