The course aims to provide a shared cultural foundation of the unifying concepts of Earth Sciences.
Concepts expounded in the course will allow students to:
- understand the history and evolution of planet Earth; the evolution of Earth processes and the underlying endogenous and exogenous dynamics; the formation of landforms and landscapes;
- provide the tools for the assessment of geological and geomorphological hazards; understand the scope of Earth Sciences in environmental science;
- understand the purpose of geological classifications; understand how fossils provide information about environment changes and the evolution of species in geologic time;
- identify the main rock types and their originating processes.
- identification of the most common types of minerals and rocks, along with the originating geological processes;
- identification of the most common fossils, especially those that are found in the Veronese area;
- identification of the main geomorphological features of the territory;
- reading a geological and/or geomorphological map and extracting basic information.
Adequate English proficiency is required, since the course will make use of teaching material in English. The course will focus on the following topics:
- scope and aims of Earth Sciences;
- elements of geophysics of solid Earth;
- geomorphology: general concepts; examples taken from the Italian and Veronese territory;
- mineralogy: origin and classification of minerals;
- petrography: origin and classification of rocks;
- sedimentology: origin and deposition of sediments; depositional environments;
- stratigraphy: general concepts; examples taken from the Veronese area;
- paleontology: general concepts; classification of the most common and most significant fossils;
- regional geology: geological framework of Italy in the Mediterranean context;
- karst and speleology;
- geological and geomorphological mapping using a GIS;
- geological risk assessment;
- climate and palaeoclimate.
|Chris Johnson, Matthew D. Affolter, Paul Inkenbrandt, Cam Mosher||An Introduction to Geology||Salt Lake Community College||2017||http://opengeology.org/textbook/|
|Steven Earle||Physical Geology (Edizione 2)||BCCampus||2015||https://opentextbc.ca/physicalgeology2ed/|
|Alfonso Bosellini||Storia geologica d'Italia. Gli ultimi 200 milioni di anni||Zanichelli||2005|
Purpose of the examination is to assess if / how well the learning objectives have been met.
The examination will consist of a written test (both open-ended and closed-ended questions) and of an oral test. Identification of rocks and fossil specimens will be part of the oral test.