Module Identifier EA31930  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Neil F Glasser  
Semester Semester 1  
Co-Requisite EA31030 , GG31830 , GG32230  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   30 Hours  
  Other   Field Work. 12 days  
  Lecture   30 Hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment5 Hours In-Course Assessment: Written exercises 
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Field excursion report and Term project report 
Supplementary Exam Two-hour examination and 5000 word report. 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the geology of Svalbard and be able to relate rock properties and strata to important geological principles. Students will be familiar with the following aspects of the geology of Svalbard:


This module is one of four suitable for students registered for BSc honours degrees in Environmental Earth Science and Geography, offered by UNIS in Svalbard. UNIS is a University on the High-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, currently under Norwegian sovereignty. UNIS was established in 1993 by the four universities in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromso to offer university level courses and to perform research relevant to its High Arctic location. The intention of this module is to provide level 3 students with the opportunity to undertake one semester of study overseas at UNIS within an international community of students and staff, in an exciting and challenging environment.


This module offers students an insight into the geological evolution of Svalbard and the Barents Sea from the Precambrian to the present. Importance is attached to the understanding of tectonic development and changes in the sedimentary environment over time. The geological evolution of Svalbard will be used to illustrate important geological subjects such as the formation of sedimentary basins, fold and thrust belts, hydrocarbon formation, sequence stratigraphy, Quaternary climate change and glaciations.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Nichols, G. (1999) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Blackwell


This module is at CQFW Level 6