An introduction to Geoscience

Summer 2018 short courses that include:

Geoscience topics

History of the earth: Timeline and fossils
Planet dynamics: tectonics (volcanoes and earthquakes)
Minerals: exploration, extraction and conservation

Geological techniques

Fieldwork
Mineral identification
Fossil identification
Reading rocks
Introduction to research (planning your own project)

Geo-politics

What price the earth
Taxation and royalties
Rights of indigenous peoples

An introduction to Geoscience - Course details

MorningAfternoon
Day 1: Geoscience overviewThe origin of the earth
Tectonics - structure of the earth,
earthquakes and volcanoes
Minerals, rocks and fossils (microscopy)
Day 2: Fossils in the fieldWoodeaton quarry - fossil identification
Day 3: Understanding rocksUniversity of Oxford Natural History museum - igneous rocks and tectonics
Day 4: Earth's treasuresMinerals we use and fossil fuelsExploration and extraction techniques
Conservation
Day 5: Geoscience, humans and the futureGeoscience and humankind - mining, exploration, hazards, wasteGeologist's tour of Oxford

… we remember nothing so well when we are old, as those things which we learned when we were young.

Roger Ascham , (1515-1568), writer, scholar and tutor to the future Elizabeth I

Meet some of our tutors ...

Alex – Geography & Sociology

Geography, Sociology Alex holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from University College, London (UCL).  Following his doctoral research, Alex completed a post-graduate training in teaching and has 20 years of tutoring experience in Geography, Environmental Science, Marine Science, Geology and Sociology.  He continues to work as a lecturer for the M.Sc. course in Applied and [...]