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    Discover Earth's past, explore its present, and help shape the future; learn about dynamic processes that shape our planet. Field trips around local Zealandia - Earth's youngest, most active continent.

    This paper introduces geological reasoning applied to current environmental and resource challenges such as climate change, sustainability, and natural hazards. To understand how Earth and humanity will respond to these challenges, we must look to past periods of global change captured by the geological record. Integrated field and laboratory investigations are used to inform understanding of the spatial and temporal scales of Earth processes, and the ways in which they shape Earth and our lives. This paper serves as an essential foundation for all natural and environmental sciences, and anyone wanting to make informed decisions about Earth and its resources.

    About this paper

    Paper title Dynamic Earth: A New Zealand Perspective
    Subject Geology
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Schedule C
    Teaching staff

    Paper Coordinator: Dr Sophie Briggs
    Various academic staff from the Department of Geology

    Teaching Arrangements

    Three 50-minute lectures and one 3-hour lab per week.

    Three weekend full-day field trips are required (choice of Saturday or Sunday). 



    • Physical Geology First University of Saskatchewan Edition (v1, January 2019).
    • 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.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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    Learning Outcomes

    After completing this paper you will be able to:

    • Work with authentic spatial and temporal Earth science data from a variety of sources to generate and evaluate multiple working hypotheses
    • Reconstruct past Earth processes using field observations and interpretations of the geologic record
    • Integrate active Earth processes and geologic records of the past to make predictions about the future


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Tuesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 12:00-12:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A2 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
    A3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 29-35, 37-42
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