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 in GEOL302 and to field work associated with industry, government institutions and research organisations.
|Paper title||Advanced Field Studies|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,080.30|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
- Schedule C
All students must register and pay online before 31st January via the link on https://www.otago.ac.nz/geology/study/field-trips/ plus attend the pre field school lecture during which field orientation and safety documentation is completed. If this is not done you will not attend the field schools. You are encouraged to view the Pre Field School Slides for more useful information.
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 GEOL252 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.
- More information link
- Teaching staff
Coordinator:Dr Christian Ohneiser
- Paper Structure
The paper has two field trips that occur in February before the first semester starts:
You must attend the GEOL 344 preliminary lecture on the 7th of February, 10am Quad 4.
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 projections to aid structural description, quantification and interpretation. Sedimentological data are collected using graphic logging techniques with a focus on developing a geometrical framework from the structural analyses to constrain sedimentary basin stratigraphy, paleogeography and environmental change. The class is assessed during the fieldclass.The Waianakarua fieldclass provides a thorough training in geological mapping. Students learn how to design a mapping programme and how to conduct geological reconnaissance. Emphasis is placed on observing and recording all the geomorphological constraints and exposed superficial and basement geology to best describe the subsurface geology. Cross sections and generalised vertical stratigraphy (GVS) are constructed in the field. After the fieldclass, lab classes are used to construct a final production-quality map and report.
The paper includes lecture and laboratory teaching after the field schools which provide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and report writing training.
Assessment is 100% internal based on two field trips and subsequent work.
Note: To pass GEOL 344 you must attend the pre-field school meeting all field schools, classes, and labs and pass all components. Failing any one component will mean failing the whole paper.
- Teaching Arrangements
Fieldwork: Two field schools/trips occur in February before the first semester:
- Pounawea ~ 4 days: 9-12 February
- Waianakarua/Maerewhenua ~ 9 days 13-21 February
Laboratory teaching in the Departments of Geology and Surveying for map preparation and report writing.
- 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/
- Lisle, R., Brabham, P & Barnes, J. Basic Geological Mapping. Wiley
- Fry, N. The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks. 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 and teamwork
- Three-dimensional thinking and drafting skills
- Ability to synthesise observations to critically assess models
- Fundamental experience in interpretation of observations and inference of processes responsible