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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Classify rocks in hand specimen, in the field and in thin sections.
  2. Identify diverse sedimentary depositional environments from sedimentary structures.
  3. Recognise structures produced by simple crustal deformation.
  4. Map and quantitatively describe structures in simply folded and faulted regions in the field.
  5. Identify common rock-forming silicate minerals in thin sections in situ.
  6. Describe and recognise basic silicate mineral structures and formulas.
  7. Explain the pressure and temperature conditions and the geological settings in which these minerals form.
  8. Develop communication and teamwork skills while mapping in the field.

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