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.
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
|✔ Specialist skills||✔ Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||Critical thinking skills||Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
To be announced
|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.
"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.
Student performance will be assessed by presentation before the field trip and by report after the trip.