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ESC3180 - Field mapping

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Peter Betts


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


A three-week field camp during the mid-year vacation, the unit aims to teach the skills of geological mapping in a classic field location of Australian geology. The emphasis will be on observing, recording, and interpreting geologic phenomena in the field. Students will draw on a theoretical background of lectures and laboratory studies in first, second and third-year geology to analyse real rocks in the real world. Students will use their observations and interpretations to construct geological maps and cross-sections and determine the geological history of a complex poly-deformed terrane.


On completion of this unit students will have developed key observational and interpretation skills associated with collecting geological data in the field. They will be able to: observe and interpret the distribution of lithologies and structures in the field; understand the basic concepts of field mapping techniques; produce a geological map and cross-sections from field observations; determine the relationship between structure and metamorphic assemblages; develop skills in visualizing of complex three dimensional geometries; unravel the geological history of one of the most complexly deformed terranes on the planet; develop skills in determining overprinting relationships from field geology; communicate results in a written report; work in a team environment and communicate of results with peers.


Geological map and cross section: 70%
Written reports and exercises: 20%
Field performance: 10%

Contact hours

Three weeks over the mid-year vacation