Earth's history

lgeo1251  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Earth's history
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
6 credits
30.0 h + 60.0 h
Vanacker Veerle;

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Topics treated in lectures include : - the constituent minerals of rocks - the different types of rocks and their mode of occurrence - the mode of formation of these rocks by magmatic, sedimentary and metamorphic processes - the deformation of the earth's crust and the resulting structures, at all scales - the chronological criteria used to recontruct the history of the earth's crust - the geology of Belgium and neighbouring areas. The practical classes are devoted to : - geological map-reading and three-dimensional interpretation using cross-sections - macroscopic identification of rocks and their forming minerals.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course examines a certain number of basic concepts that underlie important geological phenomena, and that have practical applications in the spatial perception of our environment.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Teaching materials
  • Stanley, S.M., Luczaj, J.A., 2015. Earth System History. 4th Edition. W.H. Freeman and Company, New York, US.
  • Boulvain, F., Pingot, J.L., 2015. Genèse du sous-sol de la Wallonie. Academie Royale de Belgique, Mémoire de la Classe des Sciences, Collection in-8°, IV° série, tome V. IMP Printing s.a., Ganshoren.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Geography : General

Master [120] in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Minor in Scientific Culture

Minor in Geography