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Compulsory 5 day excursion in the week before the start of semester.

For more information refer to Excursion 2020 (PDF 410KB).


Enables students to recognise and interpret Earth materials and their history. This unit is aimed at students with a professional interest in the Earth. The unit commences a week before semester starts with a field trip to northeast Tasmania which provides valuable hands-on experience recognising ancient marine sediments, and the effects of mountain-belt formation. During semester, studies concentrate on igneous and sedimentary rock types found on and near the Earth's surface. Lectures cover aspects of mineralogy, an introduction to igneous rocks and volcanoes, the classification and origin of sedimentary rocks. Laboratory work includes mineralogy, sedimentology, igneous petrology (microscope work) and volcanology.

Summary 2020

Unit name Earth's Materials and Interior
Unit code KEA208
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Earth Sciences

Dr Karin Orth

Teaching staff

Assoc. Prof Sebastien Meffre, Dr Sasha Stepanov, Dr Martin Jutzeler

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr lectures and 1 x 3-hr lab work weekly throughout semester 1, plus 5 days of field work before semester 1


Practical exams and assessments (25%), compulsory excursion held in the week before start of semester, by field tests and report (25%), 2-hr theory exam (50%)

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