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INTRODUCTION TO GEOLOGICAL MAPS

CODE 80251
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 5 cfu during the 3nd year of 8763 SCIENZE GEOLOGICHE (L-34) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/03
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites
    You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
    • Earth Sciences 8763 (coorte 2020/2021)
    • EEXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 25934
    • PHISICAL GEOGTRAPHY AND CARTOGRAPHY 52415
    • MINERALOGY 57251
    • PALEONTOLOGY 64866
    • GENERAL AND INORGANIC CHEMISTRY WITH LABORATORY 65847
    • GEOLOGY 1 72871
    • ENGLISH 72877
    • GEOLOGY 2 80270
    • ELEMENTS OF MATHEMATIC 91034
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course provides the basic instruments for reading and interpretation of the geological maps. The course aims also to train the students in the construction of geologic cross-sections across any fundamental geological structure. The course includes lectures, readings, and a cross-section exercises.

    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;
    • use of a a vector graphics package for drawind geologic cross-section

    TEACHING METHODS

    Frontal teaching classes, practicals and tutorials.

    Please refer to AulaWeb for further informations about the measures for the prevention and management of the epidemiological emergency caused by Covid-19

    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

    Exam Board

    LAURA CRISPINI (President)

    LAURA FEDERICO

    FRANCO ELTER (President Substitute)

    PAOLA CIANFARRA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

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

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam in Module 2 consists of a written and an oral part. The final exam is the integration of tests of the two modules of the Course.

    Written Examination: realization of 2 geological cross-sections on 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 the main arguments explained during the course, reading and discussion of geological maps. The oral test can be taken after passing the written test of Module 2.

    Please refer to AulaWeb for further informations about the measures for the prevention and management of the epidemiological emergency caused by Covid-19

    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
    16/01/2023 08:30 GENOVA Orale
    16/01/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto
    16/01/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    08/02/2023 08:30 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto
    08/02/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    16/06/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    30/06/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto
    30/06/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    30/06/2023 08:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/07/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    04/09/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto
    04/09/2023 08:30 GENOVA Orale
    04/09/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    19/09/2023 08:30 GENOVA Scritto + Orale
    19/09/2023 08:30 GENOVA Compitino

    FURTHER INFORMATION

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