In this unit, we will explore the nature of the Earth: its minerals, its rocks, its internal layering, and the record of the way the Earth has changed from its formation. We will examine the processes that drive our planet: from its deep interior to the outer surface. We will explore mountains and the deepest oceans to reveal the shape of our world. We will introduce you to why the oceans host the youngest rocks on Earth, how the Earth’s continent are formed, how some rocks are entirely made from dead animals and plants, how mountains are destroyed by erosion, what causes earthquakes, and how volcanic eruptions work. In our practicals, we will teach you to read the message in the rocks. Two field excursions will provide you with the basic skills to create a geological map and recognise the main rocks forming Tasmania. You will learn to unlock the knowledge hidden in minerals and the view the wonders of the past recorded in a grain of sand. You will see the landscape with new eyes and be challenged to apply your new skills outside the classroom.
|Unit name||Understanding Earth Systems|
|Faculty/School||Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Dr Karin Orth
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
3 x 1-hr lecture, 1 x 3-hr lab weekly (13 wks), 1 day of excursions
Continuous practical assessment (20%), Field skills (10%), Regular quizzes (10%), Practical exam(s) (10%), Final 2-hr theory exam (50%).
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