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GEOL3042 Geological/Environmental Mapping Project



To produce a professional geological or environmental map. The course is based around a geological mapping exercise focused towards solving a geological or environmental problem.


  • the ability to apply classroom, laboratory and field teaching to identify rocks, minerals, fossils, geological structures and age indicators in an unknown area;
  • the collection and documentation of qualitative and quantitative geological information in the field;
  • and/or synthesis of data to prepare a geological map and a geological account including structural and stratigraphic interpretation of the mapped area in a report
  • and/or synthesis of additional information to prepare an environmental map and report
  • and/or interpretation of a planetary surface image through preparation of a geological map and report


The course will provide students with training in geological mapping techniques at different scales, including:

  • the recognition of rocks, minerals, fossils, structures and age indicators in outcrop.
  • position and location including grid references, GPS, topographic features, air photographs and survey maps and how to record field observations and measurements.

The main objective is to prepare both a professional map in the laboratory and accompanying written report, in either a geological or an environmental theme, depending on the degree programme the student is following.

The geological map will be based on field slips including cross sections and interpretation of stratigraphy and structures.

The environmental map will include additional environmental data and interpretations.

Title Geological and Environmental Mapping
UG Code GEOL3042
Coordinator Dr. Ruth Siddall
Other Contributors Mrs. Danuta Kaminski
Term 1
Credit 1.0 CU
Written Exam  
Coursework 100% (1 fair copy map, plus field slips; also 1 report of approx. 5,000 words)
Pre-Requisites Completion of departmental fieldwork provided separately in years 1 and 2.
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement  
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 375 hours (of which approximately 200 hours is fieldwork)
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 4 hour lectures
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 28 days fieldwork: currently taken as a continuous 4 week block in the summer after year 2
Other Computation skills training in IT using software for digital mapping in Term 1

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