The course will introduce students in the field to the variety of factors affecting impact structures and the range of mineralogical, petrographic and geomorphological features they produce. A subsidiary aim is to develop transferable skills of planning, executing and presenting a project in a team to a tight deadline.
You will gain:
- be able to apply concepts covered in the course to understand new observations.
- have researched a field area;
- designed and produced a field handbook;
- given a presentation of teh field area to a tight schedule.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- have gained insight into how a team can efficiently address a problem in Earth sciences, including:
- becoming familiar with the types of people that may be encountered in teams;
- collectively planning and executing a work programme to achieve a complex objective;
- planning and executing subsiary tasks within this work programme;
- learning how to undertake field work health and safety planning (familiarisation with self-check lists and risk assessments).
By the end of the course-unit the successful student should:
- be able to describe and interpret the key mineralogical, petrographic and geomorphological features of impact structures;
- be familiar with how the target material of the Ries and Steinheim impact sites responded to processes during and after the imapct to produce the structures observed today;
- be able to compare and contrast the impact structures at Nördlingen with those on the other terrestrial planets (comparative planetology).