2019 Field Excursion

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ohta Kenji  Ueno Yuichiro  Ishikawa Akira  Haba Makiko  Gilbert Alexis Romai  Azuma Shintaro 
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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

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 Plate tectonics and geology of Western US
Class 2 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 1 Plate tectonics:Plate separation
Class 3 Writing a guide book of the field excursion 2 Observation of planets and saterites
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 is a tentative schedule in FY2019) Field excursion
Class 7 San Andreas fault Tectonics of San Andreas fault
Class 8 Dumont dunes~Snow ball Earth Paleoclimatology
Class 9 Meteor Crator Meteorite and Cosmochemistry
Class 10 Grand Canyon Geology
Class 11 Lowel Observatory Observation of planets and saterites


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)
  • EPS.L202 : Laboratory in Earth and Planetary Sciences (petrology)
  • EPS.A205 : Introduction to Earth Sciences

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)


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