2019 Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (field geology)

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ueno Yuichiro  Ohta Kenji  Ishikawa Akira  Haba Makiko  Gilbert Alexis Romai  Azuma Shintaro 
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Mon1-4(I2-318, Ishikawadai Bldg. 2, 318 room)  
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Course description and aims

Field work is important to understand geology. This course will first examine method for drawing geologic map and study geology of the field where students will visit. A two days field trip will be held in the Tanzawa area, where students will study tectonics of convergent plate boundary. The field works include observation of key outcrops and geologic mapping to understand igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary processes. After the field work, students will summarize the results, drawing the geologic map of the study area, and trying to reconstruct tectonic history based on the data obtained in the field.

Student learning outcomes

The students will acquire the method to identify rock and mineral, to do field mapping, and to draw geologic map. The students will understand geological phenomena caused by plate tectonics based on the observation in the field


geology, plate tectonics

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

To be annouced

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Preparation for field work: geologic map and geology of Tanzawa area Dip & Strike
Class 2 Field trip day 1: Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary processes Petrology, classification of rocks
Class 3 Field trip day 2: Tectonics of Convergent Plate Boundary Thrust fault
Class 4 Work after the field trip: Drawing geologic map Drawing geologic map based on acquired route map in the field
Class 5 Work after the field trip: Summary of key observation and tectonic history Reconstruction of the study area based on the geologic map and key observations.


天野一男・秋山雅彦著『フィールドジオロジー入門』共立出版 (in Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

都城秋穂、久城育夫著『岩石学Ⅱ』『岩石学Ⅲ』共立全書、勘米良亀齢、橋本光男、松田時彦著『日本の地質』岩波書店、高橋正樹著『島弧・マグマ・テクトニクス』東京大学出版会 (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Student performance will be assessed by reports.

Related courses

  • EPS.A203 : Introduction to History of the Earth
  • EPS.A201 : Introduction to Material Sciences of Earth and Planet
  • EPS.A204 : Introduction to Earth and Planetary Physics
  • EPS.A336 : Dynamics of the Earth and Planet
  • EPS.L220 : Field Excursion

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