- Code EMSC6008
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Geology
This course provides an introduction to the chemistry, physics and climate of the Earth. The course comprises four equally-weighted modules:
- Geochemistry: magmas, volcanoes, igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary processes.
- Geophysics: plate tectonics, seismology, heat transfer, and Earth's magnetic field.
- Palaeoclimate: factors affecting Earth's climate in the past, present and future.
- Field Geology: interpreting changes in tectonics and climate from the rock record.
Mineral and rock identification, field techniques (mapping, cross sections, stratigraphy), data analysis, and numerical modelling will be taught in this course.
NOTE: Graduate students will attend joint classes with undergraduates, but will be assessed under a different scheme, which will require a greater level of conceptual understanding.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Examine minerals and rocks and understand the mechanisms by which they formed.
- Develop a geological history (e.g. climate, tectonics) of a region from multiple lines of evidence provided by the rock record.
- Develop a conceptual understand relating the history of the Earth to processes that shape our planet today.
- Synthesise field observations with theory learned in lectures.
- Analyze the role of geological processes in natural hazards.
- Explain how different geophysical techniques constrain the structure of the Earth.
- Compare changes in past environments from different environmental archives and examine these changes in the context of potential impacts of future climate change.
There will be a 5 day fieldtrip to the South Coast. The tentative date for the 2017 fieldtrip is Monday September 4 - Friday September 8 inclusive. The cost for this fieldtrip is expected to be $350-$450.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Assessed practicals (30% LO 1-2, 6-7)
- Field trip assignment (25% LO 1-4)
- Theory exam (45% LO 2-3, 5-7)
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WorkloadAt least 71.5 contact hours over the semester plus a 5 day residential field trip
Requisite and Incompatibility
Understanding Earth by Frank Press and Raymond Siever
Assumed KnowledgeEMSC1006 /EMSC6107 Blue Plan
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