Fieldwork in Mallorca

Unit code EART60230

Our Mallorca field course gives an opportunity to study carbonate depositional processes, environments and diagenetic processes using a young, well-preserved and well-constrained depositional system. The field course emphasises the petroleum geology of the area, putting field outcrops into the context of reservoir, source, seal and petroleum system analysis
  • When is the fieldtrip?

    The field trip is for 7 days during May as part of the MSc Petroleum GeoscienceFive days are spent in the field.

    Fieldwork will be from 9am to 6pm each day. Evenings are spent either completing logs and charts. Staff are available during the day and evenings for help sessions and one-to-one feedback.

  • Where is the fieldtrip?

    You will be staying at the Hotel Europe Playa Marina, Illetas (Palma de Mallorca). 

    Accommodation is in double rooms, half board. We will stop daily to buy lunch, and supermarkets are near the hotel.

  • How will we travel to Mallorca?

    Travel to and from Mallorca will be by air and coach. Further details will be provided closer to the time of the trip.

  • Mallorca fieldtrip
  • What will I learn?

    You will be taught concepts of carbonate reservoir characterisation and sequence stratigraphy and trained in:

    • design of investigations, analysis of data and practical techniques that are regularly used in applied geoscience professions;
    • integrataion of various types of geological data sets and at different scales of observation;
    • sequence stratigraphy and reservoir quality of carbonate reservoirs;
    • petroleum systems analysis from basin to sample scale.  ‌  

    By the end of the course you will be able to:

    • have an understanding of some of the key geological factors involved in basin analysis and reservoir quality;
    • be familiar with some key field investigative methods;
    • have gained experience in the design and implementation of such investigations;
    • have gained skills in team working and data integration.


  • What equipment will I need?

    Essential field course items are:

    • appropriate footwear (i.e. walking boots);
    • walking trousers or shorts;
    • rucksack;
    • compass-clinometer;
    • hand lens;
    • hammer;
    • field notebook;
    • pencil;
    • grain size card;
    • hard hat.

    Waterproofs may be necessary, depending on the weather.

  • How will the field course be assessed?

    Assessment is based upon the following:

    • field logs;
    • petroleum systems chart .
  • Who can I contact regarding the Mallorca MSc field course?

    For more information visit the course unit specification or email course leaders Mrs Mandy Edwards or Dr Stefan Schroeder.

  • Did you know?

    Excellent opportunities to study large scale stratal geometries of the Miocene Llucmajor classic rimmed carbonate platform are provided by a boat trip.

    More about Mallorca

    Mallorca is a world-famous example of a young carbonate platform, but the island also has excellent examples of Triassic fluvio-aeolian sandstones, some of the best-preserved Pleistocene aeolianites, Tertiary turbidites and black shale source facies.

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