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SOES2003 Geohazards and Earth Resources

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

1. To understand major types of geological hazard: volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides. 2. To understand the global risk associated with hazards (including the UK) and their societal and environmental impacts. 3. To understand the methods applied in hazard zonation, prediction and monitoring. 4. To introduce the types and origins of natural mineral and energy resources utilised by modern society. 5. To provide an appreciation of the geological, economic and environmental principles that constrain exploitation and marketing of the Earth's mineral and energy resources.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Primary and secondary volcanic hazards.
  • Mining strategies and the environmental impact of mining, beneficiation and smelting.
  • Environmental toxicology of common ore elements.
  • Ability to assess geological hazards, and in particular apply probabilistic and other hazard zonation approaches.
  • Use of library resources, databases, and Web sites to complete hazard zonation evaluations.
  • An appreciation of the societal consequences of geological hazards and geo- resource exploitation.
  • An understanding of the key processes responsible for the generation of a wide range of ore deposit types.
  • Use of websites in obtaining most recent commodity information.
  • The monitoring and prediction of volcanic activity.
  • How hazard zonation of volcanoes is undertaken.
  • The nature, distribution and mechanisms of earthquakes and seismic waves.
  • Earthquake magnitude and intensity monitoring and hazard assessment.
  • Slope stability and the different types of mass wasting.
  • Processes responsible for landslides and how hazards can be minimised.
  • The variable role(s) of hydrothermal fluids in the genesis of a range of deposits.
  • The origin, distribution and geopolitics of mineral desposits and energy resources.

Syllabus

Topics on geohazards include: the nature of earthquake and tsunami hazards; the distribution and effects of volcanic activity; causes of landslides; monitoring, risk assessment and hazard zonation. The second part of the module covers the geology, economics and geopolitics of natural mineral and energy resources.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching and learning methods Formal Lectures: will provide an introduction to the theory underlying geological hazard (earthquakes, tsunamis) and natural mineral and energy resources. Web-based learning: will exemplify the theory and provide you with an opportunity to complete hazard zonation evaluations and obtain the most recent commodity information. A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.

TypeHours
Lecture36
Independent Study114
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Theory examination  (2 hours) 70%
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