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TITLE Geology 2

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Geosciences

DESCRIPTION Structural Geology
- Force & stress, deformation & strain, strain ellipsoid, stress-strain relations;
- Brittle failure, fracture classification, faults, joints, slip;
- Ductile deformation, folds, fold types, cleavage, flexure, fold-thrust belts, the Alps;
- Extensional belts, strike-slip belts, Pantelleria-Linosa-Malta graben system;
- Salt tectonics.

Petroleum Geology
- Reservoirs and their properties, pore space, primary & secondary porosity, effective porosity, permeability, temperature & pressure, fluid content;
- Entrapment - structural and stratigraphic, trap integrity;
- Petroleum habitats, petroleum systems, plays;
- Basin analysis.

Geology Field Work
- Carbonate field trip;
- Field mapping.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to provide the knowledge of the various geological processes leading to the formation of basins and other depositional environments to provide an understanding of the formation of petroleum habitats, petroleum systems and plays. The unit also provides the students the opportunity of field work to develop an understanding of distinguishing depositional environment in the field.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the principles of structural geology and depositional environments of particular relevance to the structural evolution and associated depositional regimes of basins and their petroleum potential in terms of petroleum systems and plays.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Conceive and formulate hypotheses related to the structural evolution and depositional environments of basins;
- Research and synthesise relevant geological information from a variety of sources on a regional scale to build a basin model;
- Select and use geological principles and modelling procedures in a variety of basin situations to identify and assess the petroleum systems and associated plays;
- Plan and conduct a geological field mapping programme.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Hobbs, B.E., Means, W.D. Williams, P.F. (1976) An Outline of Structural Geology, John Wiley.
- Ramsay, J.G., Huber , M.I., (1987), Vl.2, The Techniques of modern Geology, Folds and Fractures.
- R.E.Chapman, (1984) Petroleum Geology, Elsevier Publishing Co.
- Einsele, G.1992, Sedimentary basins, , Springer - Verlag.
- H.G.Reading(Editor), (1998) Sedimentary Environments: Processes, Facies and Stratigraphy, Blackwell Science.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Honours degree, 2nd upper or above, in Science, Engineering or a related discipline

Pre-requisite Study-unit: GSC5200


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Saviour Scerri
Daniel Sultana

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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