Marine Geology and Geophysics

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Marine Geology and Geophysics

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Geology, Oceanography, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EAOS 111, GEOL 112

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Use rocks, sediments, microfossils, tectonic principles, and the geophysical properties of rock, sediment, and water to examine time and change in the marine environment. Applies global processes to local settings.

    Learning Outcomes
    -Understand and describe the processes that govern ocean basin formation
    -Understand and differentiate the major types of marine sediments
    -Understand the concept of geologic time
    -Understand the physical and biological controls on geochemical cycling of elements in the marine environment
    -Describe Otago's coastal sediments and explain the processes that govern regional sediment distribution
    -Apply methods for marine geophysical data collection and marine geological sampling
    -Critically evaluate scientific journal articles from the marine geoscience literature
    -Collect, assess, synthesise and present data in writing, tables and figures

    The Ocean Basins: Their Structure and Evolution (online access through Otago University Libraries)
    The Sea Floor: An Introduction to Marine Geology (online access through Otago University Libraries)

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