Undergraduate course

Field Course in Geological Mapping

Objectives and Content

The making, analysis and interpretation of geological maps is a key skill for all fields of geology and forms the basis for many further studies. Geological maps present the distribution of lithologic units and geological structures and their geometric relationships in a study area. Geological maps are therefore a way to graphically summarise and present a variety of field observations. In this course, students learn to produce a geological map within the Apennines of eastern Elba. The area is particularly interesting because a very wide range of rock types are closely juxtaposed within the Apennine fold and thrust belt. The different lithologies include an ophiolite sequence, different types of sedimentary rocks (from deep sea to continental margin), igneous intrusions and metasedimentary rocks in various stages of metamorphism (from slates to gneisses and schists). Additionally, ore mineralisations and superficial deposits including landslides can be mapped. The course comprises two parts: (1) Mapping on Elba Island takes place for two weeks in late April to early May. (2) The fieldwork is preceded by a seminar series in which course participants are introduced to the geology of Elba and Apennine tectonics. The seminars also include the macro- and microscopic study of the different rock types to be found during mapping with the help of samples collected during previous years. Course participants will produce a geologic map of a small area and a mapping report that is largely written whilst being in the field.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOV252 the students should be able to:

- Independently conduct geological mapping

- Describe lithologic units and structures

- Describe, present and interpret structural field data

- Write a professional field report

Grading Scale

Passed / failed.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Report fro field course

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