Introduces the major concepts in the field of geology. Topics to be covered include rock and mineral identification, map reading, theory of plate tectonics, surface and subsurface hydrology, landform, geologic hazards, and environmental issues.
Field WorkCountry: Trinidad and Tobago
Day: 2 - Friday, 27 November
On Trinidad we will meet with personnel from the Geological Survey of Trinidad and Tobago as well as university personnel in environmental fields to view and discuss the geology of mud volcanoes, Asphalt Lake, a limestone cave, coastal processes, seismology on the islands. We will get ourselves muddy on the mud volcanoes to get a sense of particle size, mineralogy, and steepness of slope and do some swimming on the beaches. Academic objectives: 1. Examine mud volcanoes and discuss their origin by viewing and also sliding down them 2. Examine limestone caves, discuss their formation in relation to local sedimentary rocks 3. Visit local beaches to discuss coastal erosion, sea level effects of climate change