The Geology minor provides the basic knowledge and skills required to understand the distribution of resources on the Earth, evaluate them as potential resources, and develop methods to maximise the utilisation of these resources while minimising the impact on the environment.
Geology is available as a minor.
To complete a minor in Geology, students must gain 60 points, consisting of EARTH102, EARTH211, and 30 points from EARTH311, EARTH312 or EARTH313.
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Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH102 Discovering Planet Earth 19B (Hamilton) This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH211 Earth Resources and Materials 19A (Hamilton) An introduction to the nature, composition and origin of Earth materials and resources. Topics covered include: mineral properties and their uses; process origins of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; and the importance of Earth materials as a societal resource. The paper also encompasses the petrographic and analytical ch...
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH311 Volcanology 19A (Hamilton) A study of pyroclastic rocks, physical volcanology, volcanic hazards, the origin of magmas, crystallisation of rock-forming minerals and phase equilibria, petrology and trace element geochemistry of volcanic rocks, and geothermal and mineral resources. EARTH312 Sedimentary Geology 19B (Hamilton) The ultimate goal of sedimentary geology is to reconstruct the history of the Earth's surface. This paper explores the links between sedimentary rocks and past environments through two major strands: reconstructing depositional environments and understanding the effects of sea-level change on sedimentary processes (sequence stratig... EARTH313 Engineering Geology 19A (Hamilton) Engineering Geology is the application of the principles of earth sciences to ensure hazards associated with landslides or unfavourable soil and rock conditions are identified in engineering or environmental work. This paper gives an introduction to the field of engineering geology. Topics covered include: landslide processes and t...
2019 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 2 April 2020 10:01am