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Introduction to Field Geology (Virtual)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Philip Hopley
  • Tutor: Steve Hirons
  • Assessment: 4-5 short exercises on field geology (75%) and a report on regional geology (25%)

Module description

On this module, you will be taught geological field techniques remotely. This will involve online exercises based on drawing and interpreting geological maps and remote sensing of geological features, as relevant to planetary rover missions. Practical skills such as using a compass clinometer and GPS will also be taught. You will have the option of practical work to be undertaken on local geological exposures.

Indicative module syllabus

  • Structural measurements using a compass-clinometer (dip and strike)
  • Geological base maps (topographic or Google Earth)
  • Cross-cutting relationships and geological boundaries in the field
  • Field safety
  • Regional geology

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • interpret geological maps and images of planetary surfaces
  • undertake basic field geology measurements, including dips and strikes
  • understand the key approaches to field geology
  • find your location using GPS and compass
  • write field notes, draw field sketches and write a field report.