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Fieldwork Guide (R. Butler)

Fieldwork Guide (R. Butler)

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Making basic descriptions of rocks in hand-specimen is commonly regarded as a key skill for

geologists, a necessary precursor for many, more-involved tasks. Many students fnd this especially

diffcult, not only because of the diffculties of operating in the feld, perhaps in non-ideal meteorological

conditions, but also because of the great variety of colour, hue, shape and habit shown by the same

mineral phase in different rocks. Handling this variety demands experience that can be diffcult to

obtain over a few feld days. In part, the problem can be addressed through linking feldwork to

laboratory exercises using appropriate hand specimen collections. This approach might also be

adopted for enhancing feld studies of fossils and other materials.

Fieldwork Guide

GEES Learning and Teaching Guide

Logging sandstones demands
careful observations

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Table 2

The Geological Society’s Society’s handbook series provides lots of subject-specifc information on the

collection of geoscience data, particularly applied to the main groups of rocks (see Table 2).

Some of the Geological Society’s handbook series:

Barnes, J. (1995) Basic Geological Mapping, Geological Society of London Handbook

Series (Chichester: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.).

Fry, N. (1991) The Field Description of Metamorphic Rocks, Geological Society of London

Handbook Series (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.).

Goldring, R., (1991). Fossils in the feld. Longman Scientifc, Harlow. 217 pp.

McClay, K. (1995) The Mapping of Geological Structures, Geological Society of London

Handbook Series (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.).

Thorpe, R. & Brown, G. (1991) The Field Description of Igneous Rocks, Geological Society

of London Handbook Series (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.).

Tucker, M. (1996) Sedimentary Rocks in the Field (Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.).

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