This taught undergraduate course provides sound understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including its basic principles, management and analysis of geographic data and application of basic GIS software and geological data modelling in the context of earth science studies.

This part of the course provides a detailed understanding of the concept of plate tectonics and its association with structural geology at a global level.The basic principles of geotectonics is explained and related to the geotectonic evolution of the Earth.Stereographic projection methods and various other structural analysis techniques are studied to provide students with the necessary skills needed to evaluate, analyze and interpret structural data sets.

This undergraduate course provides sound understanding of the basic concepts and terminology inpetroleum geology. The evolution of petroleum exploration concepts and techniques are introduced in this course.

This course introduces the student to advanced geological mapping techniques by having them map and describe structurally complex, folded and faulted sedimentary rocks in a hilly terrain in the Robertson area. During this exercise they record field observations, take measurements and produce a geological map as well as a report on the lithologies encountered and structures developed in the area. The students also examine the theory of plate tectonics in detail, looking at the mechanics of plate motions and the effects of ductile and brittle deformation in the crust and mantle.

This course deepens the student’s understanding of magmatic and metamorphic processes and deals with the classification of, and mineralogical, textural and geological processes that form igneous and metamorphic rocks. These rocks together form the bulk of the Earth’s crust and hence an understanding of their nature, origin and characteristics is vital to any geologist. The course also examines ore-forming processes that concentrate economic deposits on or near the Earth’s surface and examines the magmatic, hydrothermal and sedimentary processes that give rise to economic concentrations of metals, industrial minerals, hydrocarbons or other materials of interest.

The course covers the following: Basic principles of exploration geochemistry; Primary and secondary dispersion;Geochemical exploration methods: basic principles, drainage, soil, rockand vegetation surveys;Regolith geochemistry. Statistical treatment of geochemical data; geochemical maps with GIS.

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