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AS There are 3 units of assessment: Unit 1 Foundation geology This forms a basic introduction to all aspects of the course. Matter - Structure of the earth Energy - The earth''s energy sources and internal and external geological processes, including the rock cycle and plate tectonics. Time and Change - The study of rocks and fossils and how we can use them to interpret changes throughout geological time. This includes how climates, and ancient environments have changed over time. Unit 2 Investigating Geology This is a practical unit learning how to interpret geological maps and identify fossil, rock, and mineral specimens. Field work and simple laboratory experiments are also carried out. Unit 3 Geology and the Human Environment This includes the study of natural geological hazards (volcanoes, earthquakes, mass movements) and their prediction and control. The problems associated with the extraction of rock and minerals. The geology of waste disposal and water supply. The geological factors involved in the siting of dams, buildings, roads and tunnels and the impact this has on the environment. All three AS units are assessed by examination. A2 There are 3 units of assessment: Unit 4 Interpreting the Geological Record Rock forming processes - This is when we extend the concept of the rock cycle to understand igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks to a greater depth. Rock deformation - How rocks deform under pressure and the resulting structures. Past life and past climates - How the morphology of fossils helps us to interpret their mode of life, while the fossils themselves can help us interpret former environments. This section includes the study of vertebrate as well as invertebrate fossils. Fossils provide evidence for increasing diversity of life. Theories regarding mass extinctions. This unit also includes the interpretation of geological survey maps. Global factors contribute to climate change and evidence for change. Unit 5 Geological Themes The Geology of Natural Resources - The study of the geological processes that lead to the formation of natural resources. This includes coal, oil, minerals and the environmental impacts of their extraction. You will learn about the wide range of uses of geological raw materials and their importance in society and industry. The Geology of the Lithosphere - This is the study of the geological processes which have formed both the oceanic and continental crust and which operate to produce tectonic movement and processes. Geophysical evidence about the earth''s interior is also examined. Unit 6 Geological Investigations Two pieces of coursework are carried out which include field and lab work. This counts for 15% of the exam. Unit 1 Short answer data response questions. Unit 2 A problem solving paper including interpretation of a geological map and identification of several geological specimens. Unit 3 Short answer data response questions and one long answer. A2 Unit 4 Section A Short answer data response questions. Section B Geological map interpretation. Unit 5 Short answer data response questions and a choice of one essay for each theme. Unit 6 Two pieces of coursework each roughly 1750 words.

AS There are 3 units of assessment: Unit 1 Foundation geology This forms a basic introduction to all aspects of the course. Matter - Structure of the earth Energy - The earth''s energy sources and internal and external geological processes, including the rock cycle and plate tectonics. Time and Change - The study of rocks and fossils and how we can use them to interpret changes throughout...

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