Undergraduate Course: Earth Science Fundamentals for Geophysicists (EASC08022)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE FOR SECOND YEAR DIRECT ENTRY GEOPHYSICS STUDENTS ONLY
This course takes the most essential material from the Earth Dynamics and Introduction to Geophysics courses, compulsory courses for those on the 4 year undergraduate geophysics degrees, sufficient to allow students to take Global Tectonics and the Rock Cycle, Physics of the Earth, and Structural Analysis of Rocks and Regions, subsequently, and hence courses for which they are pre-requisites.
Earth formation, composition and age: 1 lecture
Seismology (including earthquakes) and Earth┐s internal structure: 4 lectures
Plate tectonics: 2 lectures
Gravity: 2 lectures
Geomagnetism: 1 lecture
Igneous and metamorphic rocks and processes: 3 lectures
Deformation (faulting and folding, stress and strain): 1 lecture
Geological resources: 1 lecture
Maps practical exercise (week 6)
Web based Virtual Fieldtrip ┐ accessed via Learn; to be completed before 1st field trip
Introduction to Holyrood Park ┐ Learn exercise to be completed before 2nd field trip
Saturday OR Sunday end of Week 2. FIELD TRIP 1: PEASE BAY & SICCAR POINT.
Meet at Appleton Tower, ready to depart at 09:30, return ca. 17:00. ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY.
FIELD TRIP 2: Saturday OR Sunday end of Week 5. FIELD TRIP 2: Holyrood Park / Salisbury Crags / Arthur┐s Seat
Meet at 09:00 sharp at the grassy parkland area near the roundabout just inside from the St Leonards /
Pollock Halls entrance to Holyrood Park. Field trip ends at approximately 12:30. ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY
Assay of the Earth - Earth materials and Composition (week 1)
Aspects of the motion of lithospheric plates (week 3)
┐Be a seismologist┐ (week 4)
Pentland Fault gravity interpretation (week 6)
Salisbury Crags exercise; Salisbury Crags dolerite under the microscope; Top-ten silicate minerals. (week 7)
Further course information can be found at the following links:
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Mathematics and Physics at a level suitable for University entrance to study Physics.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate a broad understanding of key, defining geological concepts and theories: the internal divisions of the Earth and its dynamic evolution via plate tectonic processes; the formation of igneous and metamorphic rocks; the mechanisms by which rocks deform and break at depth in the Earth; and the dynamic geological settings in which these processes operate
- demonstrate an overview of the physical processes operating within the Earth, and understand the principles of some of the geophysical techniques by which this information is derived
- demonstrate an understanding of the basics of geological and geophysical fieldwork, keeping a field notebook, and laboratory and computer practical work
- demonstrate skills in writing a scientific report, including references to previous work.
- manage their time effectively and work both independently and with others during practical sessions.
|Marshak, S (2008) Earth: Portrait of a Planet. |
(International Student Edition) (Norton Publishing Co.).
Smith, GA & Pun, A (2006): How Does Earth Work?
(Pearson Prentice-Hall), ISBN 0-13-034129-0 and ISBN
Grotzinger, J, Jordan, TH, Press, F & Siever, R
(2007): Understanding Earth (5th edition) (WH
Freeman). ISBN 0-7167-6682-5.
Lowrie, W (2007) Fundamentals of Geophysics
(Cambridge University Press)
Stacey, FM & Davies, PM (2008) Physics of the Earth
(CUP, 4th edition)
Christiansen, EH & Hamblin, WK Dynamic Earth - An introduction to Physical Geology
(Jones & Bartlett Learning)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Fieldwork; IT skills; practical work
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||2 x 1 hr lectures per week, and 1 weekly practical for 6 weeks (five with the Earth Dynamics practical class).
|Keywords||Earth structure,Earth composition,rocks,plate tectonics,geophysical techniques,geological maps
|Course organiser||Prof Kathy Whaler
Tel: (0131 6)50 4904
|Course secretary||Ms Katerina Sykioti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5430