This course aims at introducing a student to a comprehensive independent geological mapping and the construction of geological maps. This course includes a field trip with 28 days of field mapping.
Expected Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, the learner should be able to:
- Interpret and solve geological relationships at a variety of scales, and synthesise them into four-dimensional models that describe the geological evolution of terrains.
- Develop skills on hand specimen and outcrop geology, mapping and stratigraphic analysis at a range of scales, aerial photo interpretation, remote sensing and the integration of geophysical datasets into geological mapping and interpretation.
- Evaluate the principals of structural geology and combine them with an understanding of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rock systems. Fieldwork will focus on the geology of Kenya.
- Discriminate minerals and lithologies in the field (and document them);
- Describe in detail the pertinent geological information contained within an outcrop;
- Measure and properly record structural orientation information;
- Locate ones-self on an air photo, read air photos and correctly transcribe geological information onto the air photos;
- Construct geological maps and cross-sections;
- Interpret geological field observations within the context of the geological evolution of the mapping region;
- Synthesise their own observations within the context of published research to understand their fieldwork regions in a broader geological context.