This module demonstrates the immensity of surface processes and resulting changes on Earth and other planets through geological time.
Coordinator: Prof Juergen Thurow
- Module details
Title Surface Processes UG Code GEOL0006 Coordinator Prof Juergen Thurow Other Contributors Prof Eric Oelkers Term 2 Credit 15 credits Written Exam 50% (unseen two hour multiple choice examination) Coursework 30%: Graphic log, 2 hand specimen practicals (equal weighting); 20% Dorset fieldtrip notebook; Pre-Requisites None Maths & Stats Content and Requirement None Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes As needed. Hours of Tutorials 0 Days of Fieldwork 7 days of fieldwork Other If students from outside Earth Sciences or Natural Sciences wish to take this course, they should contact either the Departmental Tutor or the Course Organiser (Prof Juergen Thurow) BEFORE registering on Portico. Students from other departments should be aware that they or their department are liable for the student contribution towards the cost of this trip.
Topics studied in lectures and during fieldwork include:
- Weathering, sediment transport, etc.
- Classification of sediments (texture, composition, sedimentary structures);
- Siliciclastics, evaporates;
- Carbonates, phosphates, siliceous & organic-rich sediments;
- The geology of running water and groundwater;
- Oceans and coasts;
- Earth’s atmosphere and climate;
- The geology of deserts;
- Glaciers and Ice ages;
- Terrestrial environments;
- Global Change in the Earth System.
To demonstrate the immensity of surface and near-surface processes and resulting changes on Earth through geological time. Students will learn: processes and problems at Earth’s surface and near-surface realms, details of surface processes and the resulting products, with an emphasis on spatial distribution and the interrelationship of the various processes shaping the surface. The course provides a systematic description of commonly-occurring sedimentary rocks.
Practical classes and a fieldtrip will be used to demonstrate surface processes in action through time and to teach the identification and application of common sedimentary rocks and structures in the field, in hand specimen and graphic logs.
An understanding of:
- surface and near-surface processes and products;
- the systematic classification of sediments and the ability to identify common sedimentary rocks and structures in the field, in hand specimen and in graphic logs;
- global change through time.