Earth Science 2U - Structure, Maps And Exploration

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Earth Science 2U - Structure, Maps And Exploration

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Short Description
    An understanding of structural geology, geological maps, and geophysical exploration, in the context of both the laboratory and field environments.

    Course Aims
    To provide students with the key principles of structural geology and to demonstrate how geological structures relate to geological maps. To develop the field skills of positioning, observation, recording and interpretation in the context of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, geological maps, landforms and tectonic structures.To provide students with the principles of geological and geophysical exploration for natural resources.
    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    At the end of this course, students should be able to:
    - Read 3-D topographic and geological maps, especially the 3-D visualisation of geological relationships and structures using only the outcrop pattern and the shape of the topographic surface.
    - Make an elementary geological map by: locating outcrops, recording dip, strike and other directional information; finding, following and extrapolating contacts; making appropriate and neat entries on the map and in the field notebook.
    - Use maps and cross-sections to solve geological problems of varying scales from the local distribution of rock-types to terrane boundaries.
    - Prepare synoptic maps, and fully integrated, true-scale, vertical cross-sections, to illustrate the geology of an area.
    - Use field observations of rocks to interpret sedimentary environments, igneous intrusions, metamorphic facies, and structural evolution.
    - Use rigorous terminology to describe the morphology and orientation of structures, and their component parts, in 3-D space.
    - Explain how rock materials respond to loading under different conditions within the Earth's crust and to discuss the models and mechanisms which have been proposed for the formation of discontinuities, folds, and fabrics in rocks.
    - Use geomorphological features, such as slope gradients, drainage network, river longitudinal profiles, hypsometric curves to identify geological relationships and structures both on the field and on a topographical map.
    - Understand the basic principles, practicalities and uses of geophysical techniques, in particular shallow seismics, electrical resistivity, and measurement of the earth's gravity and magnetic field.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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