Courses & Units
Earth's Surface KEA208
Compulsory 5 day excursion in the week before the start of semester.
Have you ever wondered about the tale that can be told by a grain of sand? Or why some volcanoes erupt violently and others effusively? Learn how to unlock the secrets held in minerals and rocks in KEA208. After an introduction to Earth Sciences in KEA101 and KEA102, this unit offers you the opportunity to delve further into geological processes that occur at and near the Earth’s surface. There is a particular emphasis on the minerals and processes that form sedimentary and volcanic rocks. You will also be introduced to the petrographic microscope as a means of identifying and studying Earth materials at the microscale and to remote sensing as a means of mapping and interpreting the geology and geological history of the Earth's surface. This 12.5% unit also includes a five-day pre-semester trip on the scenic east coast of Tasmania, which provides an opportunity to hone your geological field skills.
|Unit name||Earth's Surface|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Professor Sebastien Meffre|
|Teaching staff||Doctor Karin Orth|Associate Professor Rebecca Carey|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Identify minerals, mineral groups and textures in rocks formed at and near the Earth’s surface from their optical and physical properties in order to classify and differentiate rock types
- Deduce the formation processes and settings for a range of sedimentary and volcanic rocks based on their mineralogy and texture
- Appraise geoscientific information and surface/near-surface geological processes at a range of scales
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PrerequisitesKEA101 AND KEA102
Online pre-recorded lectures (2hrs per week), 12 x 3-hr lab work weekly throughout semester 1, 5 days of field work before semester 1
|Assessment||Final exam (30%)|Practicals (30%)|Quizzes (15%)|Field Trip (15%)|Excursion Report (10%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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