67088 - Geological Surveying 2

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student will become familiar with a number of approaches/techniques for integrating different sources of geological data, with the main goal of producing Quaternary geology maps of selected areas in the Alps, the Apennines and the Po Plain, thus grasp a comprehensive understanding of the post-LGM dynamics that led to the present landscape structure.

Course contents

The course includes two parts:

Part 1 (taught by Francesco Brardinoni)

(i) Introduction to methods for surveying and describing Quaternary sedimentary covers;


(ii) Quaternary history and characteristics of glacial and periglacial environments; (iii) Glacigenic deposits; (iv) Colluvium and other gravity-driven deposits; (v) Fans, cones and debris-flow deposits; (vi) Deep-seated gravitational slope deformations; (vii) Data integration for the compilation of a Quaternary geology map.

Part 1 includes a 5-day field camp 17-21 June 2019 (exact dates to be determined), in the vicinity of Pieve Tesino (TN), lower Valsugana. Attendance is mandatory.


Part 2 (taught by Paolo Severi)


(i) Geology of alluvial and marine deposits of the Apenninic foothills and the intermontane plains

(ii) Geology of the southern portion of the Po Plain.

One-day field excursion along the Reno River Valley: 16 March 2019. Attendance is mandatory.



Readings and lectures will be posted online

Teaching methods

Lectures and field surveys

Assessment methods

Part 1 (60%)

Group work: Quaternary Geology map (including a companion technical report) of a 3 km^2 terrain polygon (50%). 

Individual work: Final oral exam (10%)

Part 2 (40%)

Geologic map (including a geological section) (20%)

Final oral exam (20%)

Teaching tools

Computer-based video projections

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Brardinoni

See the website of Paolo Severi