Historical geology 161

Module code GLY 161
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Module content

Principles of stratigraphy and stratigraphic nomenclature; geological dating and international and South African time scales; Africa framework and tectonic elements of South Africa; introduction to depositional environments. Overview of the historical geology of South Africa, from the Archaean to the present: major stratigraphic units, intrusions and tectonicmetamorphic events - their rock types, fossil contents, genesis and economic commodities. Principles of palaeontology and short description of major fossil groups: fossil forms, ecology and geological meaning. Geological maps and profiles; rock samples.

Module credits 8.00
Service modules Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
Prerequisites Refer to Regulation 1.2: A candidate must have passed Mathematics with at least 60% in the Grade 12 examination
Language of tuition English
Academic organisation Geology
Period of presentation Quarter 4

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