- Code EMSC2023
- 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, Geography, Earth Physics, Geology
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof Gregory Yaxley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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Do you want to learn how to recognise and interpret rocks in the field and laboratory? In this course you will learn about basic geological concepts around the formation, evolution and deformation of rocks and geological structures in the solid earth. It will be divided into three sections; (i) sedimentology (ii) geological structures and (iii) igneous and metamorphic petrology. Part (i) deals with the formation of sedimentary rocks over a variety of depositional environments. Part (ii) is concerned with recognition and interpretation of basic geological structures such as faults and folds. Part (iii) covers the formation of magmas, igneous rocks and rock-forming silicate minerals, and the mineralogy and textures of metamorphic rocks.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon completion of this course, will have the skills and knowledge to:
- Classify rocks in hand specimen, in the field and in thin sections.
- Identify diverse sedimentary depositional environments from sedimentary structures.
- Recognise structures produced by simple crustal deformation.
- Map and quantitatively describe structures in simply folded and faulted regions in the field.
- Identify common rock-forming silicate minerals in thin sections in situ.
- Describe and recognise basic silicate mineral structures and formulas.
- Explain the pressure and temperature conditions and the geological settings in which these minerals form.
- Develop communication and teamwork skills while mapping in the field.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- In class assessment during practicals (LO 1 and 6): 20%
- Assignments completed outside class (LO 5-7): 30%
- Field based assessment (LO 2-4,8): 20%
- Final practical examination (LO 1-7): 30%
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Workload1-2 hours of lectures and a 3-4-hour practical per week. An additional four day field trip will take place during the mid-semester break. Some of the material will be based on online resources.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsNo prescribed texts
Assumed KnowledgeBasic inorganic chemistry and mathematics
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