2 WHAT IS GEOLOGY? The study of rocks? NO! Much more than just the study of rocksGeology is the scientific study of the Earth,its processes& products
3 WHAT IS GEOLOGY?Geology is truly interdisciplinary, including elements of:ChemistryPhysicsBiologyGeographyAll subjects it combines particularly well with at AS/A2 level
4 WHAT IS GEOLOGY?The many wide & varied topics studied in geology were united by the development of Plate Tectonic theory in the 1960’s.This milestone in geological thought was equivalent in significance to the theory of evolution in biology
5 WHAT IS GEOLOGY?Plate Tectonic theory led to greatly increased understanding of Earth Systems, processes & products
6 Introduction to Earth Systems Earth: a complex,dynamic systemAtmosphereBiosphereLithosphereHydrosphereMantleCoreEnergy & matter are exchanged & recycled among these sub-systems.
7 The problem of experiments Geologists are interested in systems that are very big (hundreds of km)That have evolved over long periods of time (millions of years)So it is difficult to conduct controlled experiments.They must observe the results of Nature’s experiments that are already complete.
8 WHY STUDY GEOLOGY? Because Geology is all around us Everything we use comes from the Earth‘If you can’t grow it, you have to dig it up!’
19 WHY STUDY GEOLOGY?GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERINGWaste Management
20 WHY STUDY GEOLOGY?SUSTAINABILITYResource management
21 WHY STUDY GEOLOGY?GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERINGGlobal warming
22 WHY STUDY GEOLOGY?So, if, after 5 years of studying the same old subjects you like the idea of trying something new & exciting…Something with real relevance to the world around you on local, international & global scales….Take Geology:It’s Great!It rocks!
23 WHAT WILL YOU STUDY IN GEOLOGY? Be prepared to get your head around mind boggling concepts of time and space:From events that took seconds & happened this morningTo events that took millions of years to happen hundreds of millions of years ago
24 Geologic Time & Uniformitarianism Unformitarianism enables us to interpret features in rocks formed millions of years ago –demonstrated by mud cracks formed by desiccation of sediment today“The present is the key to the past.”
25 WHAT WILL YOU STUDY IN GEOLOGY? Be prepared to get your head around mind boggling concepts of time and space:From Earth Structure & Plate Tectonics to the atomic structure of minerals
26 WHAT WILL YOU STUDY IN GEOLOGY? MineralsThe processes & products of the rock cycleFossils & Geological timeEarth structure & Plate TectonicsGeological HazardsGeotechnical engineering
27 HOW WILL YOU STUDY GEOLOGY? Lessons using:TextbooksVideosPowerpoint presentationsInternet
28 HOW WILL YOU STUDY GEOLOGY? Practical lessonsObservingTestingMeasuringDescribingIdentifyingInterpreting:SpecimensGeological photographsGeological maps
29 HOW WILL YOU STUDY GEOLOGY? Practical laboratory investigation lessons:PlanningObservingMeasuringPresenting dataAnalysing dataEvaluating investigations
30 HOW WILL YOU STUDY GEOLOGY? Practical fieldwork investigations:PlanningObservingMeasuringPresenting dataAnalysing dataEvaluating investigations
31 HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED IN GEOLOGY? WJEC SpecificationASGL1 FoundationGL2 Investigative geologyGL3 Geology & the Human Environment
32 HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED IN GEOLOGY? WJEC SpecificationA2GL4 Extension geologyGL5 Geological ThemesGL6 CourseworkLaboratory investigationsFieldwork investigations
33 WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY GEOLOGY? InterestEnthusiasmAbility to develop study skillsGood background in Science at GCSE
34 WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH GEOLOGY? Huge range of Careers in GeologyPotential for global travel & big salaries!
35 GEOLOGY:IT ROCKS! GEOLOGY: IT’S GREAT! GRAVELCRUNCHINMARSBARMUNCHIN HAMMERTAPPINFEATUREMAPPINROCKBASHINMINERALTESTINFOSSILKILLINNEVERLATEINFIELDWORKINALWAYSRAININMUDWALLOWINWELLYWEARINEXAMPASSIN..MONMOUTH GEOLOGISTS!GEOLOGY:IT ROCKS!If you are interested in studying AS/A2 Geology see Mr Churchin room 54 (the room with a rock on the door)….you won’t regret it!