Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM1036 - Field Geology and Geological Maps (2011)

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MODULE TITLEField Geology and Geological Maps CREDIT VALUE30
MODULE CODECSM1036 MODULE CONVENERProf Duncan Pirrie (Coordinator), Prof Ben Williamson, Prof Frances Wall, Dr Jens Andersen, Mr Peter Frost, Dr Robin Shail
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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AIMS - intentions of the module
Field Geology and Geological Maps aims to introduce Level 1 students to the recording, analysis and synthesis of geological field data. In addition the module also introduces the principles of geological mapping, the interpretation of geological maps and the preparation of geological cross sections. By the end of the module, the students will be confidently able to collect field data from a range of geological settings, interpret geological processes and test hypotheses on the basis of these data. Students will also be able to understand how to read geological maps and construct cross-sections.
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The geological maps part of the module develops material covered in practicals 8-9 of the Geology module (CSM 1030) in Semester 1. Weeks 1-3 are based on problem maps while weeks 4-9 use real geological maps at a variety of scales. Topics covered are simple models of outcrop geometries associated with horizontal, vertical and inclined layers and those generated in folded and faulted sequences, as well as unconformities and procedures for deciphering geological histories from geological maps. Lectures and practicals in advance of the fieldwork programmes include: health and safety and first aid; geological field equipment; data recording - notes, sketches, graphic logs; hand specimen recognition of rocks and minerals; the compass clinometer and the measurement of planar and linear features; definition of mappable units; data recording on field slips. During fieldwork the following skills will be developed: locating oneself on a map; description of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; recording structural data and the description of folds and faults; description of sedimentary structures; description of macrofossils and trace fossils in the field; data recording on field slips, maps, notebooks etc; preparing geological cross sections; synthesising field data and interpretation.
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FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
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Coursework 0 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 30 ECTS VALUE 15
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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