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CSM1281 - Stratigraphy, Palaeontology and Maps (2011)

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MODULE TITLEStratigraphy, Palaeontology and Maps CREDIT VALUE20
MODULE CODECSM1281 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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This module aims to introduce the students to the evolution of life on Earth; the principles of stratigraphy and the application of both stratigraphy and palaeontology in applied geoscience. In addition stratigraphy is explained through an introduction to geological maps and their interpretation.
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The 3 strands (stratigraphy, palaeontology and maps) of this introductory course run concurrently. For Stratigraphy Weeks 1-4 Principles of stratigraphy and the stratigraphical column; biostratigraphy; chronostratigraphy; lithostratigraphy and geological mapping. Weeks 5-6 Subsurface stratigraphy based upon geophysical techniques; chemostratigraphy; magnetostratigraphy; event stratigraphy and cyclic stratigraphy. Weeks 7-9 Stratigraphical evolution of the UK. For Palaeontology Weeks 1-2 Principles of palaeontology; evolutionary theory; early evolution of life on Earth. Weeks 3-4 Invertebrate macrofossils in the Palaeozoic; Palaeozoic microfossils. Weeks 5-6 Mesozoic macrofossils; Mesozoic microfossils. Weeks 7-9 Trace fossils; taphonomy and fossil preservation; and some of palaeoclimates; palaeoecology; fossil plants; dinosaurs and mass extinctions. The palaeontology practicals broadly match the lectures so for weeks 1-4 specimens illustrating preservation and Palaeozoic macrofossils are available in the lab; for weeks 5-7 Mesozoic macrofossils are available, with weeks 7-9 illustrating trace fossils and other topics of interest. The geological maps part of the module develops material covered in practicals 8-9 of the Geology module (CSM 1252) 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.
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Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 20 ECTS VALUE 10
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
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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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