Geology combines all the basic sciences in a broad-ranging discipline for studying the way planet Earth works. This course explains the origin of the Earth, its chemical composition and internal structure. We examine the distribution of continents and oceans; we account for the great diversity of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and their constituent minerals. The history of life on Earth is elaborated through the study of fossils. Mankind faces important geological issues in today’s world: natural disasters, species diversity, climate change, fossil fuels and other natural resources, are among the topics that feature in this course.
No prior academic knowledge is assumed. This is a hands-on course, in which each session includes practical work with specimens. Students are encouraged to ask questions and initiate discussion. There will be eight classroom sessions on Wednesday evenings, with a half-term break on 1st November, and two fieldwork sessions on a weekend day in November.