EARTHSCI 205G : New Zealand: Half a Billion Years on the Edge
2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)
- New Zealand’s beginnings – where and how New Zealand originated on a supercontinental margin;
- New Zealand’s mid-life crisis – how New Zealand came to be isolated in the Pacific;
- New Zealand’s later years – development of New Zealand’s unique geologic features and biota;
- Modern New Zealand – the consequences of New Zealand’s unique modern location “On The Edge”;
- Humans and New Zealand – how human settlers have affected New Zealand and its biota
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Understand and describe New Zealand's geologic origins and geologic history (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Understand and describe New Zealand's present geographic location and the unuque consiquences of this (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Understand and describe the history of some of New Zealand's unique biota (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Understand and describe some of the the impacts of humans on New Zealand and its biota (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 6)
|Final Exam||50%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
- Basic geologic concepts
- The establishment of basement New Zealand against the margin of Gondwana
- New Zealand's early fauna - from shellfish to marine reptiles and dinosaurs
- New Zealand's departure from Gondwana - its near demise then resurrection
- New Zealand's unique fauna - land birds, whales, penguins
- Active New Zealand on a major plate boundary - why we have volcanoes, geothermal energy, and the Alpine Fault
- Modern New Zealand - our volcanoes, earthquake risk, and rapid erosion
- Human impacts on modern New Zealand
- Relevant readings and references are given during each lecture.
- For those unfamiliar with some of the geologic concepts introduced any introductory level geology text will fill in the necessary details. The following is recommended: Marshak, S., 2012. Earth: Portrait of a Planet (Fourth Edition). W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-393-93518-9. Available for purchase at UBS and for loan from the General Library. Note: any edition would be suitable.
- During the course - 22 hours lectures (22 x 1 hour, includes assignment introduction and feedback); 50 hours independent reading; 48 hours assignments (geoflyer; report);
- Additionally - 27 hours exam preparation; 3 hours exam.
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