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Unit information: Geology Field Skills in 2019/20

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Unit name Geology Field Skills
Unit code EASC20017
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Tim Elliott
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

A one week field class which examines the igneous, metamorphic and sedimentological evolution of SE Spain in response to the Alpine Orogeny and its aftermath.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the field class you will be able to:

  • Recognize and interpret a range of rock types in the field, (including amphibolite-facies metapelites, metacarbonates and metaquartzites, silicilastic, carbonate and evaporitic sediments, dacitic and andesitic lavas and pyroclastics).
  • Identify planar and linear deformational structures in the field, confidently record data on their orientation, plot and interpret these using stereonets.
  • Identify and interpret a range of sedimentary structures and environmental settings including fluvial and marine: from shallow siliciclastic and carbonate to deeper clastic, particularly turbidites.
  • Understand strategies for the collection and identification of fossils, and their application in biostratigraphy, mapping and structural interpretation, and reconstruction of environments.
  • Identify, interpret and record a range of igneous features, particularly those associated with volcaniclastic deposits and silicic volcanism.
  • Synthesise information on a range of scales in the field to develop models of geological history, particularly through the use of schematic cross-sections

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

The unit mark will be derived from a series of exercises that work-up observations made during the day in the field, including a small mapping exercise.

Reading and References

Mather, A.E., Martin, J.M., and Braga, J.C. (2001), A field guide to the Neogene sedimentary basins of the Almeria Province, South-east Spain, Blackwell, Oxford, 350pp