Course ObjectiveThe Precambrian (Archean and Proterozic) comprises the immensely long
time periods between the initial formation of the planet Earth and the
earliest Paleozoic radiation of life forms with endo- or extra-
skeletons. This course intends to summarize the Precambrian Geology in a
general and interdisciplinary manner covering the evolution of the
lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere and the biosphere.
Course ContentThe course covers four main fields of Precambrian Geology: A) Earliest
Precambrian planetary evolution; B) Evolution of the Precambrian
lithosphere (genesis, petrology, tectonics and geochemistry); C)
Evolution of the Precambrian atmosphere (e. g., evidence for free oxygen
in the atmosphere); D) Surface processes (early sediments, earliest life
Teaching MethodsLectures (8 * 3 u 45 min), assignments /self-study (8 * 2 hrs).
Method of AssessmentEssay – presentation – poster
Entry RequirementsBSc Geology
LiteratureH.R. Rollinson, Early Earth Systems A Geochemical Approach, Wiley
Blackwell, 1st edition 296 pp. Selection literature for individual essay
and presentation projects to be announced on Canvas.
Target Audience2nd year MSc Earth Sciences.
Additional InformationGuest teachers include
prof. Dr. R. Hengeveld (emeritus professor Animal Ecology, VU
dr. P.Mason (Utrecht University).Petrology, sedimentology, structural
geology courses.at the BSc level.
dr. A. Kloppenburg, 4D-Geo, The Hague
dr. L. Kriegsman, Naturalis, Leiden
Recommended background knowledgePetrology, sedimentology, structural geology courses.at the BSc level.
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. J.R. Wijbrans|
|Examiner||prof. dr. J.R. Wijbrans|
prof. dr. J.R. Wijbrans
dr. P.Z. Vroon
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