|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
EESC1150 (or GEOS112 or GEOS1110 or GEOS125 or GEOS1120 or GEOS126 or GEOS1130)
252 million years ago life on our planet was nearly exterminated: 96% of marine life and over 70% of terrestrial life went extinct. The causes for this mass extinction are still debated. In this unit we explore the geological history of this event. You will visit the site of the extinction boundary on a field trip and develop geological skills to understand the paleoenvironment and Earth processes that were changing at this time. You will interrogate continental reconstructions to uncover why there were glaciers near Sydney in the Permian and delve into the mantle to understand volcanoes, large igneous provinces and their devastating hazards. You will discuss how and why the magnetic field was changing at this time and investigate sediments and geochemistry to understand the link between Earth's interior and the surface. Through this analysis, we will try to understand one of the biggest questions in Earth Science: what caused the Permo-Triassic mass extinction? You will develop your skills in field work and geological mapping, rock and mineral identification in hand samples and under the microscope, viewing and probing global datasets and continent reconstructions, analysing geochemical data, and synthesising data to address scientific questions. This is a topical elective for those interested in how geoscience informs current and future environmental crises.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
Late Assessment Submission are not accepted for this unit unless a Special Consideration has been submitted and approved.
|Final exam||40%||No||week 13|
|Weekly Quizzes||15%||No||every week|
Final examination that requires the application of skills and knowledge developed in this unit.
Short weekly quizzes that test knowledge of lecture and workshop material and may be online or in class. See iLearn for a detailed list of quizzes in this unit.
A summary, interpretation or an evaluation of research findings in a field of study. See iLearn for details of the literature review.
A report comprising multiple components that may include preparation for going in the field, field-based tasks and analysis of data collected in the field. See iLearn for details.
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2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Face to Face - Workshops
|Workshop#1||Introduction: Mass extinction events and the (violent) history of Earth|
|Workshop#3||Volcanoes and Large Igneous Provinces|
|Workshop#4||Reading Sedimentary rocks (+ Anoxic Evemts)|
|Workshop#5||Paleoenvironments, Reconstructing paleoenvironments from sedimentary rocks|
|Materials for Litterature review(s) available on i-learn|
|Workshop#6||(1) How Body Fossils and Trace Fossils are Formed, (2) The Geological Time Scale, and Where It Comes From, (3) Biostratigraphy: Defining Time Scales with Fossils|
|Workshop#7||(1) Mass Extinctions in the Fossil Record, (2) Diversification in the Fossil Record, (3) Marine Ecosystems: The Invertebrate Fossil Record'|
South Coast - 4 days (≈20-25/09/2022)
Impacts, meteorites, relationships between the Earth and solar system object
|Workshop#9||Terrestrial Ecosystems: Before the Dinosaurs, The Age of Dinosaurs, The Age of Mammals|
|Workshop#10||Debate - (1) What kill the dinosaure - (2) the 6th mass Extinction?|
|Workshop#11||CO2-Atmosphere evolution and impact on the biosphere Climate: Snowball Earth|
|Workshop#12||Revision (face to face or on-line)|
|Week#13||final EXAM On-Line|
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|28/07/2022||added the Late Assessment Submission section : "Late assessments are not accepted in this unit unless a Special Consideration has been submitted and approved."|
Unit information based on version 2022.02 of the Handbook