New geology fieldwork module introduced

Earth Science in the Field is a new module at level one for students studying BSc Physical Earth Science.

New Geology FieldworkThis degree scheme emphasises the study of geology alongside physical geography and accompanies GEL121 (Introducing planet Earth: an overview of geology), which all level one geographers can take, and which includes lectures, practical classes and field classes. At the core of the new module are two weekends of fieldwork in south-west Wales, where students gain additional geological field experience and skills on topics that are not covered in GEL121, such as structural geology and the analysis of orientation data, igneous rocks in the field, and the interpretation of regional geology.

The first field weekend took place in early November. Eleven students stayed at Manorbier Youth Hostel, near Tenby, accompanied in the field by Geraint Owen, Kath Ficken and Jenny Stanford. They investigated sites on the Pembroke Peninsula, and examined the relationship between geology and landscape at Stack Rocks, analysed folds at Stackpole Quay, West Angle Bay and Saundersfoot, and learned to cope with areas of vertical bedding near Manorbier. The second field course will take place in February, to north Pembrokeshire, and the module also includes several afternoon field classes and an independent project.