EASC 310:Geological Field Methods II


This is a practical field-based course consisting of: (i) Lecture/practical sessions on geological mapping techniques, and construction and interpretation of geological maps and cross-sections. (ii) ‘live-in’ field geological mapping providing 'hands-on' instruction in geological mapping techniques and data collection for preparation of geological maps and cross sections.

Details of the course content are as follows:

Semester I: GIS: geoid, latitude/longitude, UTM, national map grids. GPS: theory, satellites, GPS time. Cross-sections: selection, orientation, layout, construction; igneous & metamorphic rocks in the field; Geological structures in the field; Excursion briefing and organisation.

Inter-Semester Break: Field mapping, with supervision, in an igneous/metamorphic terrain (e.g., the Dahomeyan/Togo/Buem Structural Units in the Tsito – Peki – Ho areas)

Semester II: Interpreting field data:- Geological history & compilation of a (schematic) rock relation diagram. Hands-on Exercises: Cross-section of field traverse. Analysis of structural data collected from the field. Preparation and digitization of geological maps and submission of Field Notebook and report.