Earth history 163

Module code GLY 163
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Module content

This module will give an overview of earth history, from the Archaean to the present. Important concepts such as the principles of stratigraphy and stratigraphic nomenclature, geological dating and international and South African time scales will be introduced. A brief introduction to the principles of palaeontology will be given, along with short descriptions of major fossil groups, fossil forms, ecology and geological meaning. In the South African context, the major stratigraphic units, intrusions and tectonic/metamorphic events will be detailed, along with related rock types, fossil contents, genesis and economic commodities. Anthropogenic effects on the environment and their mitigation. Practical work will focus on the interpretation of geological maps and profiles.

Module credits 16.00
NQF Level 05
Prerequisites GLY 155
Contact time 1 practical per week, 4 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Geology
Period of presentation Semester 2

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