Postgraduate Course: Helmsdale MSc Field Excursion (EASC11001)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course is based in Helmsdale, Northern Scotland. Rocks are examined and described from the W and S coasts of the Inner Moray Firth, to build up a geological history of the area. The interaction between active tectonics (faulting) and sedimentation is studied. The strata are analogues of rocks found beneath the N Sea in petroleum and CCS prospective areas.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Introduction to Geology (PGGE11150)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Previous geological training to satisfaction of course organiser
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Undertake basic fieldwork in sedimentary basins, including rock recognition, the taking of field notes, observation of field relationships, synthesis of results.
- Understand the of interaction between tectonics and sedimentation at a basin margin.
- Understand the role of analogues in interpretation of subsea geology.
- Synthesise information to produce geological history.
|*** PALEOECOLOGY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY ACROSS A JURASSIC FAULT SCARP, NE SCOTLAND, 1993, WIGNALL, PB; PICKERING, KT|
Source: JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY Volume: 150 Pages: 323-340
** Geology of East Sutherland and Caithness, ed Trewin NH and Hurst A. 1993 and 2009 for colour photos!
** Edwards, H.E., Becker, A.D. & Howell, J.A., 1993, Compartmentalization of an aeolian sandstone by structural heterogeneities: Permo-Triassic Hopeman Sandstone, Moray Firth, Scotland. In: North, C.P. & Prosser, D.J. (eds), Characterisation of Fluvial and Aeolian Reservoirs, Geological Society, London, Special Publications; v. 73; p. 339-365
** The structural and diagenetic evolution of injected sandstones: examples from the Kimmeridgian of NE Scotland
Jonk, et al. 2003, JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, v.160, p.881-894.
** Mass-wasting of ancient aeolian dunes and sand fluidization during a period of global warming and inferred brief high precipitation: the Hopeman Sandstone (late Permian), Scotland, Hurst, A; Glennie, KW, 2008
TERRA NOVA, v.20, p.274-279
** THE UPPER JURASSIC BOULDER BEDS AND RELATED DEPOSITS - A FAULT-CONTROLLED SUBMARINE SLOPE, NE SCOTLAND, PICKERING, KT, 1984, JOURNAL OF THE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, v.141 p.357-374
* SMALL-SCALE SYN-SEDIMENTARY FAULTS IN THE UPPER JURASSIC BOULDER BEDS
PICKERING, KT, 1993, SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY, v.19, p. 169-181
ORIGIN OF QUARTZ CEMENTS IN SOME SANDSTONES FROM THE JURASSIC OF THE INNER MORAY FIRTH (UK, VAGLE, GB; HURST, A; DYPVIK, H, 1994, SEDIMENTOLOGY v.41 p. 363-377
MID JURASSIC STRATIGRAPHY AND FACIES AT BRORA, SUTHERLAND, HURST, AR, 1991, SCOTTISH JOURNAL OF GEOLOGY, v.17, p.169-177
Mixed marine and lacustrine input to an oil-cemented sandstone breccia from Brora, Scotland
Peters, KE; Clutson, MJ; Robertson, G, 1999, ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY v. 30 p.237-248
Stratigraphic control on mudrock chemistry, Kimmeridgian boulder bed succession, NE Scotland
Davies, SJ; Pickering, KT, 1999, CHEMICAL GEOLOGY v.156 p. 5-23
Review of the Kimmeridgian flora of Sutherland, Scotland, with reference to the ecology and in situ pollen and spores
vanKonijnenburgvanCittert, JHA; vanderBurgh, J 1996, PROCEEDINGS OF THE GEOLOGISTS ASSOCIATION, v.107 p.97-105
***Suggested revision reading for those with a non-geoscience backgroound:***
Geological field Techniques by Angela Coe (not in library?) is good (the sedimentary section, not the rest of it).
Sedimentary Rocks in the Field (Geological Field Guide) by Maurice E. Tucker,
The Field Description of Sedimentary Rocks (Geological Society of London Handbook Series) by Maurice E. Tucker (same book but older?)
Otherwise books on general sedimentology, e.g. these are in library:
Understanding the Earth:
Chapter 15, Sedimentary Basins
Chapter 16, Clastic Sediments
Earth¿s Dynamic Systems 9th Edition:
Chapter 5, Sedimentary Rocks
Chapter 10, Weathering
Sedimentology & Sedimentary Basins, from Turbulence to Tectonics (M. Leeder)
Part 6: Continental seds
Part 7: Marine seds
Elements of Petroleum Geology, Selley, R.C., 2nd Edition, 1998, Chapter 6: The Reservoir.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Residential excursion, with 5 nights in the Belgrave Arms Hotel, Helmsdale (Tel. 01431 821 242), bed, breakfast and evening meal. You buy your own lunches.
The weather can be cold and wet, please bring warm and waterproof clothing.
Notebook, handlense, tape measure etc required.
Includes evening work reviewing the day's exposures.
|Keywords||Helmsdale Field Excursion
|Course organiser||Dr Mark Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5943
|Course secretary||Mrs Christine Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4866