Field project tutorials 2002 - Introduction

Mapping in the field - imageThis year we are trying some thing new ! We are going to run a virtual structural field mapping class !! The basic idea is for you to construct a geological map from field data provided and then to collect strain and microstructural data observed at specific localities, from which you will be able to derive a structural history for the 'area'.

The 'field trip' will run throughout Semester 2. Each tutorial you will add additional information to the map.

We will treat the exercise like a real field class and hopefully it will form part of a progressive learning curve teaching you how to collect geological data in the field and to prepare a final map product.

The 'field' programme is as follows:

Day 1 - Basic mapping: lithological outcrop pattern & main structures.

Day 2 - Collection of 2/3D strain data: analysis in terms of the field area.

Day 3 - Collection of progressive/incremental strain data & analysis.

Day 4 - Map interpretation in terms of polyphase & continuous deformation.

Day 5 - Collection of fault rock microstructural data & interpretation.


You will need to bring the following: mapping board; mapping pens & inks; lead & coloured pencils; compass/clinometer; hand-lens; calculator; rule & protractor.

Remember to use a separate field' notebook' for these tutorials.

You will be provided with: a topographical base map; a structural 'template' on which to construct a cross-section and perform strain analyses; daily basic note-book information (date, weather, hazards, mood, aims, etc.) & relevant geological data; stereonet; etc.

Last update: 13th March 2002
Copyright © Dr G. Lloyd, School of Earth Sciences, Leeds University, 2002