Undergraduate course

Palaeomagnetic Methods

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV211
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish if english-speaking students attend the seminars, otherwise Norwegian
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction

Autumn. The course runs only if enough students enrol

Objectives and Content

Through a combination of basic theory, laboratory work and subsequent data analysis, different applications of magnetic measurements on rocks and sediments are presented. The course consists of eight separate exercises designed to give an introduction to different methods and instruments. Central themes include measuring magnetic remanence vectors, demagnetisation and directional analysis, susceptibility and magnetic fabric, as well as identification of magnetic minerals and their domain state.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOV211 the student should be able to:

- Discuss and interpret measurement results using text and figures

- Use standard instruments for paleomagnetic analysis

- Identify the most common magnetic minerals in rocks and sediments on the basis of different laboratory analyses

- Explain the connection between different magnetic parameters, grain size, environment and magnetic mineral content

- measure magnetic fabric and interpret the results in terms of sedimentary, magmatic or tectonic processes

- analyse magnetic remanence directions and interpret them in a tectonic or stratigraphic context.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles of physics of the earth.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOV101, GEOV111

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory laboratory course

Forms of Assessment

Laboratory journal (40%), Written exam 4h 60%)
Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Portfolio assesment and written examinat

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Written examination

      4 hours