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GEOL344 Advanced Field Studies

Domestic students intending to take GEOL344 in 2018 must fill out: GEOL344-Field-orientation-and-safety-2018.docx by the 30th of November 2017. International students should fill out this form as soon as possible (but are not required to make this deadline).

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Field mapping and documentation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; structural mapping and stereographic projection; geological methods used in industry. Includes 3 weeks of field classes in February.

This paper provides training and practical expertise in geological field mapping and advanced field techniques. The objective is to give students the planning and logistical skills, practical field skills and confidence to conduct independent geological fieldwork. The experience translates naturally to those carrying out independent field projects as part of GEOL 302 and to field work associated with work in industry, government institutions, research organisations and for higher degrees.

Paper title Advanced Field Studies
Paper code GEOL344
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester (7 February 2017 - 21 June 2017)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
Schedule C
Science
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Steven Smith, Dr Virginia Toy, Professor Dave Craw, Dr Doug MacKenzie, Dr Christian Ohneiser
Laboratories: Luke Easterbrook
Textbooks
We strongly recommend that you buy:
The Geological Map of the South Island 1:1,000,000
Coe, A. (ed.); 2010. Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell

The following books are also useful:
Fry, N. The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks. Wiley.
Jerram, D. & Petford, N. The Field Description of Igneous Rocks. Wiley.
Lisle, R., Brabham, P & Barnes, J. Basic Geological Mapping. Wiley.
McClay, K. Mapping of Geological Structures, Wiley.
Tucker, M.E. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide. Wiley.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Practical field geology training
  • Three-dimensional thinking and drafting skills
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to synthesise observations to critically assess models
  • Fundamental experience in interpretation of observations and inference of processes responsible

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Timetable

First Semester (7 February 2017 - 21 June 2017)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 09:00-10:50 10
Friday 10:00-10:50 9

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 14:00-16:50 11-12

Other Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 08:00-22:50 7-8
Tuesday 08:00-22:50 6-8
Wednesday 08:00-22:50 6-8
Thursday 08:00-22:50 6-8
Friday 08:00-22:50 6-8
Saturday 08:00-22:50 6-7
Sunday 08:00-22:50 6-7

Field mapping and documentation of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks; structural mapping and stereographic projection; geological methods used in industry. Includes 3 weeks of field classes in February.

This paper provides training and practical expertise in geological field mapping and advanced field techniques. The objective is to give students the planning and logistical skills, practical field skills and confidence to conduct independent geological fieldwork. The experience translates naturally to those carrying out independent field projects as part of GEOL 302 and to field work associated with work in industry, government institutions, research organisations and for higher degrees

Paper title Advanced Field Studies
Paper code GEOL344
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester (5 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
Schedule C
Science
Paper Structure
The paper has three field trips that occur in February before the first semester starts:
  • The Pounawea fieldclass focuses on field methods in structural geology and sedimentology. Students learn how to record, measure and interpret a variety of geological structures and how to use stereographic projection techniques to aid structural description, quantification and interpretation. Small scale data are compiled to understand larger scale geometry and to develop reasonable kinematic models. Sedimentological data are collected using graphic logging techniques with a focus on developing reasonable process and environmental interpretations and upscaling these within the geometrical framework from the structural analyses to constrain sedimentary basin stratigraphy, palaeogeography and environmental change. The class is assessed on the fieldclass.
  • The Swinburn fieldclass provides a thorough training in geological mapping. Students learn how to design a mapping programme and how to conduct geological reconnaissance in addition to the very specific skills associated with location and marking information on a map. There is considerable emphasis on observing and recording all the constraints from geomorphology and exposed superficial and basement geology to best describe the subsurface geology. Cross sections and generalized vertical stratigraphy (GVS) are constructed in the field to generate 3D geometrical and stratigraphic models of the area. After the fieldwork lab classes are used to show students how to turn their field maps into a production-quality final map.
  • The Otago Gold exercise comprises at least one 1-day field trip to Bruce Rocks plus laboratory classes. This exercise extends field mapping skills to applications in the mineral exploration industry. Two field investigations are undertaken during lab periods followed up by laboratory analyses. Structural data collected by a variety of sampling and mapping techniques (including mine mapping and use of drill-hole data) are investigated in three-dimensions. Remote sensing techniques, such as aeromagnetics, regional gravity surveys, photogeology and satellite imagery, are also considered. Training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows students to incorporate this approach into their work. Students prepare a report for assessment.
Assesment is 100% internal based on three field trips and subsequent work.

Note: To pass GEOL 344 you must pass all three components:1) Catlins, 2) Swinburn and 3) Otago Gold exercise. A fail in any one component will mean a fail of the paper.
Teaching Arrangements
Fieldwork: Three field schools/trips occur in February before the first semester:
  • Bruce rocks (1-2 day trip/s) 9-15 Feb (tba)
  • Pounawea ~4 days - 5-8 February 2018 (Note: Waitangi Day is in the middle of this trip)
  • Swinburn ~ 8 days - 15-22 February 2018
Lab classes in Core Logging, GIS, and vector graphics run for the first few weeks of the semester.
Eligibility
Domestic students intending to take GEOL 344 in 2018 must fill out: GEOL 344-Field-orientation-and-safety-2018.docx by the end of November 2017.
International students should fill out this form as soon as possible.

Background requirements: For students from overseas (study-abroad, or exchange) or transferring: you must have passed approved classes/courses that cover appropriate second year geology field mapping (see GEOL 252 page for example), and we must be able to check details of those courses from your official transcript. Normally we also check your class/course content from the relevant university or college web page. If web details are not available, you may need to provide details in hard copy.
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Coordinator: Dr Steven Smith
Dr Doug MacKenzie
Dr Christian Ohneiser
Prof Dave Prior
Dr Marco Brenna
Mr Luke Easterbrook
Textbooks
Strongly recommended:
  • Edbrooke, S.W.; Heron, D.W.; Forsyth, P.J.; Jongens, R. (compilers) 2015 Geological map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science geological map 2 2 maps (also available as a free web map service at http://data.gns.cri.nz/geology/)
  • Coe, A. (ed.); 2010. Geological Field Techniques. Wiley-Blackwell
Recommended:
  • Fry, N. The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks. Wiley
  • Jerram, D. & Petford, N. The Field Description of Igneous Rocks. Wiley
  • Lisle, R., Brabham, P & Barnes, J. Basic Geological Mapping. Wiley
  • McClay, K. Mapping of Geological Structures, Wiley
  • Tucker, M.E. Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide. Wiley
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Practical field geology training
  • Three-dimensional thinking and drafting skills
  • Teamwork
  • Ability to synthesise observations to critically assess models
  • Fundamental experience in interpretation of observations and inference of processes responsible

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Timetable

First Semester (5 February 2018 - 20 June 2018)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Friday 09:00-10:50 9-12

Other Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 08:00-21:50 6-8
Tuesday 08:00-21:50 6-8
Wednesday 08:00-21:50 6-8
Thursday 08:00-21:50 6-8
Friday 08:00-21:50 6-8
Saturday 08:00-21:50 6-7
Sunday 08:00-21:50 6-7