Compulsory 6-day excursion before the start of semester 1 is assessed by field tests, a mapping exercise and a compulsory report. Students are expected to contribute towards excursion accommodation costs.
For more information refer to Excursion 2020 (PDF 132KB).
This unit comprises a six-day field trip, lectures and practical classes on sedimentology, volcanology and tectonics. Comprehensive overviews of (i) sedimentary and volcanic processes and products and (ii) compressional, extensional and transcurrent tectonic settings are related to current interpretations of the geologic evolution of the Earth. The volcanology component covers the links between volcanoes, eruption processes, the architecture of volcanic provinces and tectonic setting. The sedimentology component explores links between tectonic process, basin development and spatial and temporal variations in sedimentary facies. The tectonics component of the unit describes tectonic processes and the features and characteristics of different tectonic settings, and has a particular focus on the tectonic evolution of Tasmania and the southwest Pacific. The field trip takes place the week immediately before Semester 1 begins and provides an introduction to the geological history of central western Tasmania and field techniques underpinning geological interpretations.
|Unit name||Sedimentology, Volcanology and Tectonics|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Prof Anya Reading, Dr Martin Jutzeler
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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Evaluate tectonic scenarios using structural, sedimentological and volcanological information to understand regional geological history
Explain connections between magma composition, eruptive style and the architecture of volcanoes typical of different tectonic settings
Apply sedimentology, volcanology and tectonic theory, concepts and methods to relevant research problems in earth sciences
Synthesise the results of field investigations (e.g. recorded lithological, structural and volcanological data) and relevant scientific literature in answers to questions and appropriately referenced written reports
Collect structural, sedimentological, lithological and volcanological field data to interpret the formation, geological history and/or tectonic setting of rocks and regions
2 x 1-hr lectures and 1 x 3-hr lab session for the final 5 weeks of semester 1, 6 day excursion before the start of semester
AT1 - Excursion report.(20%)
AT2 - Mapping exercise (5%)
AT3 - 2 hour final exam (50%)
AT4 - Eight 3 hr practical classes (15%)
AT5 - Field tests (10%)
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