Search results - Geological History of the British Isles
|Address||London Road Campus|
|Dates||Wed 24 Apr to Wed 26 Jun 2013|
Time of meeting: 7.00-9.00pm
Number of meetings: 10
|Application status||Course cancelled|
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OverviewThere has been considerable recent media interest in the geological history of the British Isles and this course enables students to explore the range of evidence for the evolution of the UK.
DescriptionFollowing the widespread acceptance of the concept of Plate Tectonics approximately 40 years ago after the long period of apparent rejection of Wegener's Theory of Continental Drift for half a century, studies of the geological evolution of most parts of the globe have integrated Plate Tectonics into discussion of the geological history of different regions. This course initially introduces students to the basic principles of geology and particularly the concept of plate tectonics. Thereafter the course examines the tectonic structure of the British Isles through a study of various regions and its contribution to the geological history of these selected areas. An underlying principle of the main part of the course is to commence with older regions of the British Isles and end with increasingly detailed studies of younger (local) areas of south-east England.
Programme detailsWeek 1: Brief introduction to plate tectonics and basic geology.
Week 2: Tectonic history of NW Scotland
Week 3: Geological history of Northern England
Week 4: North Wales and Anglesey
Week 5: South Wales
Week 6: SW England
Week 7: Yorkshire Dales and N York Moors
Week 8: East Anglia
Week 9: The Weald
Week 10: Thames Valley "Uplift History"
Bennison G.M.: The geological history of the British Isles
Duff and Smith (Eds): Geology of England and Wales
Anderson and Owen, 1980: The structure of the British Isles (2nd ed or later)
Woodcock and Strachan, 2000: Geological history of Britain and Ireland
Dr Leslie James
Dr Les James has been an OUDCE evening class tutor for more than 30 years. A Quaternary scientist, he has published widely on aspects of sea-level...more
Course aimsCourse aim:
To introduce students to recent discoveries in the tectonic evolution of the British Isles.
1. A brief consideration of the significance of plate tectonics upon the geological evolutionof the British Isles.
2. To consider the geological evidence for the geological evolutionof selected regions in the British Isles.
3. To be able to apply this understanding to appreciate the geological history of the wider region.
Assessment methodsStudents may produce an c 1000-word assignment or essay or portfolio. This may take the following forms:
Field reports, or a number of shorter pieces of coursework (max 5) undertaken throughout the course, constituting a portfolio.
Teaching methodsSeries of interrupted, illustrated lectures
Opportunities for regular fieldwork under the aegis of the Newbury Geology Study Group (NGSG.org.uk)
Teaching outcomesBy the end of the course, students will be expected to:
1. have a basic understanding of plate tectonics;
2. to be able to apply this knowledge to the geological history of different regions of the British Isles, and
3. to be able to appreciate the significance of plate tectonics in a wider context.
- Programme Fee
- Home/EU fee: £145.00
- Non-EU fee: £145.00