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GEOL0024 Geological and Environmental Mapping

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.

Coordinator: Dr. Tom Mitchell

Module details
TitleGeological and Environmental Mapping
UG CodeGEOL0023
CoordinatorDr. Tom Mitchell
Other ContributorsProf. Tim Atkinson
Term1
Credit30 credits
Written Exam 
Coursework

100% coursework, consisting of:  

  • Field slips (maps) - 20%
  • Field notebooks - 20%
  • Report (6000 words max) 25%
  • Fair copy / final map as a poster (totalling 35%), consisting of: Map (20%), Cross section (10%), Strat log (5%)
Pre-RequisitesGEOL0015 - Maps Images and Structures
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work375 hours (of which approximately 200 hours is fieldwork)
Hours of Lectures/Seminars4 hour lectures
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes20 hours
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork28 days fieldwork: currently taken as a continuous 4 week block in the summer after year 2
OtherComputation skills training in IT using software for digital mapping in Term 1
Content

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.

AIMS

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.

OUTCOMES

  • 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