Volcanoes, earthquakes and related hazards; crystals, minerals; igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic processes; geological structures and geological maps; earth resources; New Zealand’s geological evolution.
This paper explores the dynamic processes that shape planet Earth. A broad overview of plate tectonics, Earth structure and natural hazards is followed by lectures on rocks and minerals, resources and the geological history of Zealandia. Throughout the paper, emphasis is placed on examples from New Zealand. Complementary lab classes allow students to develop a range of essential practical skills. Fieldtrips are used to explore local geology and reinforce concepts from lectures and labs. This paper complements EAOS 111 and is essential for entry into Geology 200-level core courses.
|Paper title||Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- GEOX 112
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
- The paper consists of lectures, laboratories and fieldtrips. Lectures cover four key
- Geological relationships
- Earth materials and rock types
- Earth resources and hazards
- Earth history and geology of New Zealand
Assessment is approximately an even split between internal (ongoing during the semester) and external (final exam).
- Teaching Arrangements
- 4 Lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
Fieldwork: Three weekend day trips to Sandymount, the Dunedin Volcano and Brighton/Fairfield. One additional field trip in lab time to visit local landslides.
- Earth, Portrait of a Planet, 5th Edition, International Student Edition, Stephen Marshak (Author), W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. ISBN 978-0-393-93750-3
- A Continent on the Move: New Zealand Geoscience into the 21st Century. Graham, Ian (Chief Editor) 2008. Geological Society of New Zealand and GNS Science, Wellington. 388Earth.
- Course outline
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Environmental
literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Upon completion of GEOL 112 students will:
- Understand and apply fundamental geological principles to a range of problems
- Understand the fundamental principles of the geosciences
- Understand the impact of the geosciences in a global and societal context
- Have developed knowledge of a diversity of subjects that form core topics in the geosciences
- Have developed knowledge of the geological and tectonic history of New Zealand
- Be able to analyse and integrate diverse geological datasets
- Be able to identify and classify basic geological materials, including rocks, minerals, fossils, structures and landforms
- Be able to interpret and create topographic and geological maps at a proficient level
- Be able to perform basic types of geological analysis
- Have an understanding of the principles of geological fieldwork and how fieldwork is carried out