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ESC3311 - Geophysics: regional mapping

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Professor Jim Cull


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit will give a broad introduction to geophysical methods for students interested in the application of physics and mathematics for mineral exploration and general earth studies. Methods for gathering, processing and interpreting gravity, magnetic and radiometric data are presented in order to provide geological constraints for mineral exploration, regional mapping and numerical models. This unit includes an introduction to regional synthesis and structural geology.


This unit will assist students in gaining an appreciation of geophysical methods for mineral exploration and regional mapping of surface geology. They will learn the physical principles relating to observations of gravity, magnetics, and radiometric data. They will understand the fundamental parameters and the limitations of the equipment available for field work; the basic methods of data processing; data display and analysis; qualitative and quantitative methods of interpretation; and finally arrive at a geological synthesis using case histories.


Practical assignments: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week


GPS3011, GPS3022, GPS3221