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Course Overview

This course is concerned with absolute and relative time-scales as used by geologists to date geological events and processes.  Absolute dating using isotopic techniques, including the treatment of raw data, forms the cornerstone of the course. The use of the fossil record in relative and absolute dating is integrated with geological maps and absolute dating techniques to give a broad overview of the methods used by geologists to determine sequences of events in Earth's history.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alexander Brasier

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GL2010 Palaeontology (Studied)

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Course Description

  • absolute dating - Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Pb, K-Ar & Ar-Ar systematics and the treatment of raw data (mineral and whole-rock)
  • relative timing of geological events from geological maps
  • basic principles of facies analysis
  • case studies of integrated used of time, sequencing and interpretative stratigraphical tools based on published geological maps.

  • Contact Teaching Time

    Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

    Teaching Breakdown

    More Information about Week Numbers

    Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

    Summative Assessments

    Essay (40%)

    2x Online Tests (20% each)

    Map Exercise (20%)

    Formative Assessment

    There are no assessments for this course.

    Course Learning Outcomes

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