Geological Sciences: Part II
The Third Year comprises a choice of core courses in the first term and of option courses in the second term. These choices allow some degree of specialisation with Geological Sciences. Some of the Part II marks are allotted to the report of the independent field mapping project. Most students carry on to Part III Geological Sciences to gain the M.Sci. degree, but it is possible to graduate after three years with a B.A.
In the summer between you second and third years, you'll spend
four weeks making a geological map from your own field observations. Areas vary
widely, and many students choose to map abroad: Spain, Norway, USA and New
Zealand are amongst popular choices. The mapping project is your chance to show
how well you can organize and execute an independent project.
A variety of field observations are recorded in the field notebook, lithological charts and field map. These are supported by photographic evidence and rock specimens collected on location.
The evidence collected in the field is combined to produce a written report, geological map and cross-section.
All the material (field and report) is submitted for assessment and will contribute 20% of the final marks for your third year course.
Most people get the chance to spend a week in Greece in December of the third year, mainly looking at the effects of active lithospheric extension. Spectacular normal fault systems bound tilted blocks of crust. Spectacular contrasts between areas of uplift and basinal areas with recent fluvial and marine deposition. The field trip also visits old slabs of ocean crust, thrust up onto the continent during earlier mountain building events.
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