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GAP1007 - Dynamic Earth

Module Content

This module develops an understanding of: the universe, solar system, deep time and geological time; dating methods, fossils and tectonics; hazards (including earthquakes) neotectonics, landslides, volcanoes; sediments and sea-level change; geology and landforms in Ireland, concentrating on NE Ireland; GIS & hazards (including earthquake, volcano and land movement monitoring); and remote sensing and hazards. A number of these topics are explored through problem-based exercises in spatial data collection, geology and geomorphology. Our special topic this year is the issue of shale gas extraction or fracking.

Learning Outcomes

To gain a balanced view of Earth processes, past, present, and with prediction, the future. Outcomes will include gaining confidence in observing, recording and interpreting data with regard to understanding processes and assessing their social and economic impact.


Dr. Alastair Ruffell (Module Coordinator)
Dr Jennifer McKinley
Guest Lecturers also involved.


Presenting scientific information; learning the techniques Earth scientists use (including descriptive, analytical and field-based skills); collection and analysis of geological and geographical spatial data (remote sensing and Geographic Information Science). Hazard monitoring and assessment. Field practice. Answering exam questions using a range of sources (field classes, online articles, library texts) in an integrated, cross-module way.


 Class Tests
 Field Notebooks