2018 Field Excursion

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Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ohta Kenji  Ueno Yuichiro  Ishikawa Akira  Haba Makiko  Gilbert Alexis 
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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, Hawaii, etc). 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

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

To be announced

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of the field excursion Plate tectonics and geology of Hawaii
Class 2 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 1 Hot spot:Intra-plate volcanism
Class 3 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 2 Observation of extra-solar planet
Class 4 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 3 Meteorite and Cosmochemistry
Class 5 Presentaion Presentation by each group, Q&A
Class 6 Field Trip (The following a tentative schedule in FY2018) Field excursion
Class 7 Kilauea Volcano 1 Geology of Kilauea Volcano
Class 8 Kilauea Volcano 2 Volcanology
Class 9 Mantle xenolith Mantle
Class 10 SUBARU Observatory Astronomical Observation
Class 11 University of Hawaii, Cosmochemistry Lab. Visit to foreign scientific institute


Literature search will be performed by students.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

To be announced depending on individual research theme

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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