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Earth Sciences-Earth and Environment

Stream Representative
Wendy Kirk:

The Earth and Environment stream is concerned with geological evolution of the Earth's crust and evolution of life as observed from the fossil record since the formation of our planet 4.5 billion years ago to the present day.  It will introduce topics including the geological and geophysical evidence for plate tectonics, the construction and understanding of geological maps, polarising light microscopy, petrology and mineralogy, palaeontology and the evolution of life, structural geology and the mechanical properties of rocks and the principles of stratigraphy and geochronology.


Students who complete this stream will understand:

  • The defining characteristics of rocks and minerals and how they are described and categorised
  • The variation in composition of the Earth's crust from the deep oceans to the highest mountains
  • The dynamic evolution of the Earth's crust and lithosphere through plate tectonics
  • The history of life on Earth through the fossil record and interactions of life forms with the atmosphere and hydrosphere
  • The processes and products of volcanism, plutonism, metamorphism and the deposition of sediments both in modern environments and as observed in the geological record

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