Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Geology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This unit introduces the study of the earth, its crust and the different landscapes, landforms and varied lithology of the earth surface. The geological history of the earth, plate movements and the formation of the Mediterranean Sea are included in the introductory part of the unit. The unit concludes with lectures on the geology of the Maltese Islands followed by practical and field sessions.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
-to describe and locate on relevant maps the various rock structures that make up the land and ocean crust,
- to present the geological structure of the Mediterranean and the Maltese Islands
- to identify the key processes that make up the solid geology of a number of selected sites around the Maltese Islands

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- recognise the various rocks that make up the Maltese Islands
- distinguish between the different types of faults dissecting the Islands
- examine the lithology of the main strata.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- handle friable rock structures
- select important sites for geological investigation
- examine the physical structure of a number of specimens
- interpret the functions of faults and discontinuities.

Reading List:

The Field Description of Sedimentary Rocks (Rock Classes) by Maurice E. Tucker, R. Thorpe, G BROWN, N. Fry, November 4, 1993,John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Barnes, J. (1995) Basic geological mapping, Sussex, Wiley.
Chernikoff, S. and Fox, H.A. (2000) Essentials of Geology, 2nd Ed, Boston Houghton Miffin Company.
Myers, J.D., McClurg, J.E. and Angevine, C.L. (1999) Lab Manual for Geology - Chernikoff, Boston, Houghton Miffin Company.
Pedley, M., Hughes-Clarke, M. and Galea, P. (2002) Limestone Isles in a Crystal Sea: the geology of the Maltese Islands. PEG Malta.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Deguara Joanna Causon
Ritienne Gauci
John A. Schembri

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