1.30510 FIELD AND STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

Course Description: This course follows on from New Course 1.20505 and is a practical introduction to structural geology, geological field techniques, geological mapping at regional and local scale, and report writing. The structural geology component is description and interpretation of how rocks respond when subjected to stress. Topics include stress and strain, the Mohr diagram, and Coulomb fracture criterion, strength of materials, ductile deformation, and the description and interpretation of the different classes of faults and folds. Orthographic and stereographic projections will be used to present structural data and to solve structural problems. Structure sections will be prepared from geologic data. The field geology component includes recording strike, dip and plunge, field identification of rocks, description of outcrop; tape, clinometer, and compass mapping; pace and compass mapping; plane-table mapping; rock face mapping; regional geological mapping on aerial photographs and topographic maps; construction of stratigraphic sections; and writing geological reports. There is an emphasis on report writing

Six contact hours per week. Assessment: Continuous.

Required text: Course Notes.

Recommended: Compton: Geology in the Field. Wiley.

Prerequisite: 1.20505.