Geology & Geochemistry Field Excursion


Course Objective

The aim of this course is to familiarise students with the
multidisciplinary aspects of studying geological processes, using
different kinds of local observations that can be synthesised to
generate larger scale insights. This approach is illustrated by looking
at the coupling between orogenic cores and sedimentary basins as part of
the dynamic lithosphere. Another objective of the course is to orient
students in tackling phenomenological observations derived from
particular natural laboratories. It is the aim to make students familiar
with the principles of 'problem-based learning techniques' by making
field observations.

Course Content

The excursion follows a transect through the Central Alps en Dolomites.
The excursion addresses a range of inter-related tectonic, petrological
and sedimentary processes. Students will consider these processes
directly in front of the outcrops, and through presentations and
extended discussion in the evening. The students learn to understand the
nature, structure and evolution of the Alps and train critical thinking
and communication skills in group discussions and individual

Teaching Methods

11 day field programme and evening sessions

Method of Assessment

Information written down in the field note books will be evaluated and
their overall evaluation will be part of the grade (35%). Every student
is required to present part of one field day tp the rest of the group in
the evening (20%). A written examination is scheduled during the return
trip or after our return to Amsterdam (35%). Active participation in the
field surveys and possibly discussions / presentations during the
sessions (10%)

Entry Requirements

Participation in the compulsory programme of the Track Geology and
Geochemistry of the MSc Earth Sciences and having passed 12 ec worth of
courses from this programme.


Excursion guide and possibly selected additional publications from the
scientific literature.

Target Audience

Compulsory for students in year 2 of the MSc Earth Sciences - Geology
and Geochemistry.

Additional Information

Rules concerning the deadline for subscription and having proper
mountain equipment will be strictly enforced. Due to field logistics,
the excursion may start a few days earlier than the official start of
the academic year. The final dates will be announced as early as
possible, but before June 1st.

In 2018, the excursion will go to Cyprus and will be led by Prof. Gareth
Davies and Dr. Kei Ogata.

On the basis of past experience our best estimate for the student
contribution to expenses for travel and subsistance for this course is
approximately 540 euros per person; This may be less if you manage to
find cheap flights.

Custom Course Registration

Admission is granted to students who took the compulsory courses of year 1 of the G&G programme in Blocks 1-3) and have earned at least 12 ec for those courses. Participants should register in time (before June 1st) using VUnet and should notify the responsible staff by e-mail.

Recommended background knowledge

Sedimentary Basins AM_450154 and Orogenesis AM_450190.

General Information

Course Code AM_450229
Credits 3 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. F.M. Brouwer
Examiner dr. F.M. Brouwer
Teaching Staff dr. F.M. Brouwer
prof. dr. G.R. Davies
dr. K. Ogata

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Fieldwork