6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
This unit provides an integrated understanding of processes that build and modify the Earth's crust. This unit uses the broad framework of plate tectonics to define the nature of all major geological environments and processes. The unit deals with where and how mountain belts form, how continents split apart, an introduction to describing structures and their significance, and the origin and evolution of magmatic and metamorphic rocks. These topics are essential for understanding geological processes and therefore the origin of continents and oceans and their hazards and resources.
On completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Interpret geological processes in the context of global tectonic settings and to demonstrate a broad, integrated overview of crustal processes on planet Earth;
- Analyse igneous, metamorphic rocks and their deformation (structures);
- Interpret tectonic environments from igneous, metamorphosed and deformed rocks;
- Reconstruct the link between the variety of rock types and plate tectonics. How mountain-building and continental rifting processes drive processes that give rise to this variety.
Assessed practical work: 35%
Field trip assessment: 15%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
- Three hours of lectures
- One 3-hour practical per week
- One 1-day field-trip
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