INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGICAL MAPS

INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGICAL MAPS

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Code
80251
ACADEMIC YEAR
2019/2020
CREDITS
5 credits during the 3nd year of 8763 Earth Sciences (L-34) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
GEO/03
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Earth Sciences)
semester
Annual
Prerequisites
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course provides students with the main geological field techniques and methods used in geological mapping and teaches them how to operate as field geologists. The course gives the basics for the interpretation of geological and structural maps. The course also includes several days of field exercises and a final 6-days field campaign.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The attendance and participation to the planned educational activities, will provide students the basic knowledge of geological maps and geological cross-sections.

In detail, the student will be able to:

  • recognize and describe the geological forms and structures on geological maps;
  • recognize and represent in two dimensions the 3D geometrical characteristics of rock bodies;
  • reconstruct the geological history of an area from the interpretation of the geological map;
  • select the correct methods and techniques to solve specific problems applied to geological maps;
  • apply the acquired theoretical and practical knowledge to the analysis and description of the geology of a selected area;
  • use the correct methodology to realize detailed geologic cross-sections;
  • critically represent in geological cross-sections the data collected during the geological survey activity to develop a scientific and / or professional study

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching classes, practicals, tutorials and field activity

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course syllabus includes presentation and discussion of the following main topics:
- Geological maps: history and uses of geological maps, cartography and geologic maps, printed and digital geological maps - Attitude, true dip and apparent dip, thickness, shape of geologic objects and their representations on a map – Structure Contour line and their use – Representation of surfaces on maps - Three-point problems - Types of geological surfaces  - Basic geometrical features of geological surfaces and structures (i.e.; limits, folds, faults) - Overlapping and juxtaposition relationships, heteropy and unconformity - Cross-cutting relations - Representation and interpretation of 3D geological forms on maps – Elements of a geological maps - Reading and interpretation of a geological map – main rules and methods for making geological cross-sections – Practical exercises for making a geological cross-section - Practical field exercises

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Slides and exercises proposed during the lessons will be available on AulaWeb at the end of each cycle of lessons / laboratory exercises. National and international geological maps that are available online .
The suggested books are referred to as supporting texts, but students can still use other university level texts. Some textbooks recommended:

Bennison G.M., Moseley K.A .Geological structure & maps. 7th edition Hodder 2003. - Bolton T. Geological Maps. Their solutions and interpretation Cambridge - University Press (1989). - Lisle R.J. Geological structures and maps. A practical guide - Pergamon Press 2003. - Simpson B. Lettura delle carte geologiche - Dario Flaccovio Ed. 2003, 107 pp.- Ragan D.M. Structural geology: an introduction to geometrical techniques. Cambridge University Press - Rowland S.M. Structural analysis and synthesis : a laboratory course in structural geology - Blackwell Sc. Publ.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento:   contact directly the professor to arrange an appointment.

Exam Board

LAURA CRISPINI (President)

FRANCO ELTER (President)

MICHELE PIAZZA

LAURA FEDERICO

PAOLA CIANFARRA

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Frontal teaching classes, practicals, tutorials and field activity

LESSONS START

For lessons start and timetable please go to the following link: https://easyacademy.unige.it/portalestudenti/

ORARI

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INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGICAL MAPS

EXAMS

Exam description

The exam in Module 2 consists of a written and an oral part (that is in common with Module 1). The final exam is the integration of tests of the two modules of the Course.

Written Examination: realization of 2 geological cross-sections with legend on the geological maps illustrated during the course. To pass with success the examination the vote has to be at least 18/30 for each section.

Oral Examination: questions on arguments explained during the course, reading and discussion of geological maps. The oral test takes place at the same time as the oral test in Module 1 of the Course, it can be taken after passing the written test of Module 2 and the tests in Module 1.

Assessment methods

At the end of the course the student is expected to have acquired the appropriate knowledge and concepts for reading and interpreting geological maps and realize basic geologic cross-sections.

The verification is made with practical excercises during the classes and with the written examinations using first elementary geological maps and then other geological maps of the national geological service.

The ability of the student to discuss properly the arguments related to the interpretation of geological maps and the use of an appropriate terminology will also be evaluated.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
08/07/2020 08:30 GENOVA Scritto
03/09/2020 08:30 GENOVA Scritto
18/09/2020 08:30 GENOVA Scritto

FURTHER INFORMATION

Although attending the module is not mandatory, it is very important and highly recommended to join both classes and practical activities.