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Unit information: Geology Fieldwork in 2020/21

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Unit name Geology Fieldwork
Unit code EASC30006
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Parkinson
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of year 2 of a Geology programme (BSc or MSci)



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


Five one-day fieldtrips and three one-day consolidation workshops will put into practice skills acquired throughout the course to classic geological localities


  • To develop further observational, recording and deductive skills in the field.
  • To become familiar with the geology of the British Isles
  • To understand large-scale crustal structure as illustrated by the local geology.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the field class you will be able to:

  • Make mineralogical and structural observations and interpretations in metamorphic basement rocks.
  • Make detailed observations of sedimentary rocks, including accurate logs, and to interpret these data in terms of sedimentary environments, current directions, provenance etc.
  • Collect structural data from a deformed area in order to deduce its structural history from a combination of stereonet analysis and cross-section construction.
  • Make detailed observations of igneous rocks in the field and interpret their origins in terms of volcanological and igneous processes.
  • Inter-relate information determined in the field to that obtained from maps and other reference material.
  • Synthesise information on a range of scales in the field to develop models of geological history.

Teaching details

Details of the fieldwork will be posted on Blackboard. Teaching will be delivered via five one-day fieldtrips and three one-day consolidation days in Bristol. For students who are not present in the UK at the time of the fieldtrip (due to Covid-19 restrictions) an online equivalent will be available.

Assessment Details

Each of the five field locations will be worth 20% of the total assessment. Assessment will be based on a series of field exercises (field notebooks, sedimentary logs, mapping and collection of structural data) in combination with follow up exercises in Bristol (plotting structural data, map exercise and petrographic observations). All assessment will be completed and handed in at the end of the field day (Sand Bay) or associated consolidation day (Malverns, Vallis Vale/Wren’s Nest, and Lulworth Cove/Portland).

Reading and References

Woodcock, N.H. and Strachan, R.A., 2009. Geological history of Britain and Ireland. John Wiley & Sons.