Structural and Field Geology
Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004
Geological mapping is a key tool in understanding past environments and the processes that shape Planet Earth. This course provides an introduction to geological structures, and equips students with the skills to resolve the deformation processes operating in the earth's crust, through the description, analysis and mapping of deformed rocks. The course consists of a series of lecture and laboratory classes during the first half of the semester, as well as a week-long field mapping exercise run during the mid semester break. The mapping module builds on the introductory field mapping course (GEOS 2080), using more complex geological environments. The fieldwork focuses on the relations between sediment deposition, folding and faulting,in dynamic tectonic systems.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.
On successful completion of the course students will:
1. have a knowledge base in understanding the concepts of structural geology;
2. have an intermediate-level of skill in field mapping techniques as a link in the overall training of a professional geologist;
3. have further experience in observational, problem-solving, organisational, communication and critical skills.
Basic concepts of structural geology including stress and strain.
Behaviour of crustal materials.
Faulting - brittle and ductile.
A 7-day trip mapping geological structures. The field course will focus on applying skills developed in the lecture/laboratory component part of the course. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing the skills required to map folds, faults and sedimentary relationships in a deformed terrain.
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Field Study: for 56 hour(s) per Term for Full Term