2016 Field Excursion

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Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ueno Yuichiro  Ohta Kenji  Hirano Teruyuki 
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Course description and aims

To understand processes in Earth and planetary sciences, student will observe geology in the field and visit foreign research institutes. Before the field trip, students will study geological background of the field and writing a guide book of the field excursion. The field trip will be performed in foreign country (e.g., North America). The students will discuss with the researchers in the foreign University/Institutes.

Student learning outcomes

It is important to observe geological phenomena in the field not only in Japan for understanding global scale geology. For this purpose, students will learn geology in their own eyes directly in the field. Students will acquire the method to reveal geological phenomena based on the observation in the field. Also, students will understand how earth scientists work through the discussions with foreign researchers and by communication with foreign students.


Earth and Planetary Science, Field Geology

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

To be announced

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of the field excursion e.g. Geology of North America
Class 2 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 1 e.g. Divergent plate boundary
Class 3 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 2 e.g. Meteorite Impacts
Class 4 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 3 e.g. Neoproterozoic
Class 5 Presentaion Presentation by each group, Q&A
Class 6 Field Trip (The following schedule is an example of 2014 trip to North America) Field excursion
Class 7 Grand Cyanion Geology of Grand Canyon
Class 8 Meteo Crater Excursion in Meteor Crater in Arizona state.
Class 9 Marinoan glacial tillite Observation of glacial sediment
Class 10 Death Valley / San Andreas Fault Basen & Range
Class 11 NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Visit to foreign scientific institute


Literature search will be performed by students.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

"An introduction to the geology of death valley" Death valley natural history association, "Grand Canyon Geology" Oxford University Press, "The Meteor Crater Story" Meteor Crater Enterprises, inc.

Assessment criteria and methods

Student performance will be assessed by presentation before the field trip and by report after the trip.

Related courses

  • EPS.L205 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (field geology)

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