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Geological mapping involves the observation, recording, presentation and interpretation of field data, all fundamental skills required by practising geologists. Students enrolling in GEOL240 will complete laboratory classes and prepare a geologic map, cross-section, and written report for the Island Hills area of North Canterbury based on field data collected on a fieldtrip held during semester break.
Geological mapping involves the observation, recording, presentation and interpretation of field data, all fundamental skills required by practising geologists. Students enrolling in GEOL240 will prepare a geologic map, cross-section, and written report for the Glens of Tekoa area of Hurunui, North Canterbury, based on field data collected during a 6-day fieldtrip held during the April semester break. A single day fieldtrip held over a weekend in the first term will introduce the fundamental field skills needed for the fieldtrip, while labs over both terms will introduce students to geological map reading and interpretation skills.
Students successfully completing this course will:Be able to observe, record and interpret a variety of geological phenomena in the field.Be able to systematically record outcrop data, measure basic structural and stratigraphic information.Be competent to carry out independent mapping and/or field data recording in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary terrain.Be able to use aerial photography and contour maps as an aid to field mapping.Be able to interpret history and extract geological information from geological maps.Have gained experience orienteering using a map and compass.The topics coved by this course are:Orienteering in the FieldStrike & Dip MeasurementGeological Map ReadingGeological Map PreparationGeological Cross-Section PreparationInterpretation of Geological Field DataInterpretation of Geological Maps
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
GEOL111 and any 15 points at 100 level from GEOL.
15 points from any of GEOL242-246 offered in the same semester
Students must attend one activity from each section.
1 practical laboratory per week for 7 weeks (2 streams)(5 in T1, 2 in T2)1 one-day weekend fieldtrip (2 streams – Victoria Park, Port Hills)1 six-day fieldtrip during April break (3 streams – North Canterbury)
Course coordinator: Kate PedleyFieldtrip logistics: Sacha Baldwin
Assessment name - Weighting - Due date (if known)Lab exercise completion - 5% - VariousInitial Fieldtrip Participation - 5% - 28 or 29 MarchInitial Mapping Exercise - 10% - 2nd day of 6 day fieldtripFinal Mapping Exercise - 50% - Last day of 6 day fieldtripFinal Lab Examination - 30% - Week 21
Barnes, J. W.1921- , Lisle, Richard J;
Basic geological mapping /John W. Barnes, with Richard J. Lisle;
Coates, Glen. , Cox, Geoffrey J;
The rise and fall of the Southern Alps;
Canterbury University Press, 2002.
Compton, Robert R;
Geology in the field;
Wiley, 1985 (ISBN: 9780471829027).
Geological maps :an introduction;
John Wiley, 1998.
Prerequisites: (1) GEOL111, and (2) GEOL113 or GEOL115Resrictions: GEOL230Co-requisites: 15 points from any of GEOL242-246 offered in the same semester.
Domestic fee $945.00
International fee $4,473.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
Course FeesField Trip - A field trip fee (to be advised) is charged at enrolment and covers the cost of transport and accommodation. Catering (breakfast, packed lunch and dinner) will be available at a cost (to be advised) whilst in the field over the semester break.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 30 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.