Rocks and Minerals
tutor: Mike Horne FGS
Here is a chance to study the common rock-forming minerals and rock types using the University collection. Emphasis will be given to rocks and minerals that can be found locally on the beaches of Holderness. Experienced students will have the opportunity to study rarer minerals and rock types if they wish.
Topics covered will include:
The physical properties of minerals - crystal shape, colour, streak, harness, density, etc.
The common rock forming minerals, such as quartz, feldspar, micas, calcite, etc. and some rarer minerals and gemstones.
The rock cycle.
The physical properties of rocks - mineralogy, texture, grain size, etc.
The major categories of rock types and how they are formed.
Some of the more common rock types - such as granite, basalt, slate, gneiss, marble, limestone, clays, sandstones etc., concentrating on the types that can be found locally.
Health and safety and the care of specimens will also be introduced in the course.
Each class will normally consist of one hour of lectures/talks with the aid of slides and OHP, and demonstrations. Followed by one hour of practical work, with personal advice from the tutor, using specimens in the University collection
Students will be asked to keep a record of the specimens they study during the practical work. They will be loaned a box of specimens for study at home and they will be asked to identify and write about the specimens for use at home, which will form the main assessment. Some students may prefer to present their work orally to the class or the tutor privately. More experienced students may undertake a project on a particular aspect of the course that interests them, after discussion with the tutor.
Recommended reading (these books and others were available for loan from the Book Box):
Penguin Dictionary of Geology
Boegel H - Collectors Guide to Minerals and Gemstones
Wright D1994 - Field Guide - Rocks and Minerals
Bell R 1996 - Yorkshire Rock
Kirkaldy - Minerals and Rocks
Dana - Minerals and how to study them
Press F & Siever R 1994 - Understanding Earth
Hamblin W E 1989 - The Earth's Dynamic Systems
Bell P & Wright D 1994 - Rocks and Minerals
Rotherby D A 2001 - Teach yourself volcanoes. Hodder & Stoughton, London.
The course consisted of ten Wednesday evening meetings from 7-30pm until 9-30pm at the University of Hull, Department of Geography. The course was run in Autumn 1997, Autumn 1999, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2008 and Autumn 2011.
copyright 2012 M Horne