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Field Mapping Training

Overview

  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Tutors: all staff members of department involved
  • Assessment: one half-module for each field class

Module description

This module will give you experience of techniques involved in geological fieldwork. It is compulsory for single honours geology students. It consists of the work done in each of the four Easter field classes of a normal degree course. Performance in the field (accuracy of observations and records) and quality of interpretation are assessed during and immediately following each 10–14-day Easter field class by the field class leader in consultation with demonstrators (if any).

Techniques taught and assessed include geological mapping in a variety of terrains and at a variety of scales using base maps and aerial photographs; recording geological structures on maps and aerial photographs and on photographs of vertical sections;  and the field description and logging of sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks.

You will need a hard hat, hand lens, field notebooks, compass, clinometer, pencils, mapping pens, tape measure and geological hammers.