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Postgraduate Course: Lake District Field Excursion MSc (PGGE11193)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe geological storage of CO2 requires knowledge of geology, both of rock types as reservoirs and seals, and of geometries as traps and leakage pathways. The Lake District is a classic area of UK geology, with a wide variety of rocks and field relationships. This enabling a student to build up a knowledge of the geological evolution of the area through field study, as might be required to understand a sedimentary basin in which CO2 were to be stored.
Course description The geological study of an area, through fieldwork, integrates all other aspects of geology; testing, enhancing and reinforcing teaching in these other aspects. Field mapping and data collection are still core data collection methods in many industrial settings, leading to the reconstruction of the geological architecture and history of an area. 3-dimensional geometry has become more important with the advent of routine numerical modelling of e.g. hydrocarbon reservoirs and CO2 storage locations, and model geometries rely ultimately on field-derived experience, particularly when dealing at scales below seismic resolution. These skills are essential to Earth Scientists, whether they work in academia or in industry.

7 days field work - Lake District
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Covered by Additional Programme Costs
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
1. You will develop appropriate field skills (mapping, quantitative field skills and methods of data collection) to interpret rock outcrops and other forms of surface data effectively, from two to three spatial dimensions and in the fourth dimension (time).
2. You will learn to keep a field note book as record of field observations including interpretation aided by group discussions.
3. You will gain an appreciation of the degree of uncertainty of the data collection methods and the relationship between surface and subsurface data.
Reading List
The Geology of the Lake District:

Woodcock, N. and Strachan, R., Geological History of Britain and Ireland. Chapters 9 ┐ 11 in 2000 edition. ISBN: 0 632 03656 7

Field Geology:

Coe, A.L. Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 978-1444330625.
Nicely illustrated book containing all you need to know to undertake fieldwork:
- step┐by┐step guides to essential practical skills such as using a compass┐clinometer, making a geological map and drawing a field sketch;
- tricks of the trade, checklists, flow charts and short worked examples;
- over 200 illustrations of a wide range of field notes, maps and geological features;
- appendices with the commonly used rock description and classification diagrams.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Data synthesis
Report writing
KeywordsLake District
Course organiserDr Mark Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5943
Course secretaryMrs Alice Heatley
Tel: (0131 6)50 4866
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