Geology 101 - The (hi)story of rocks


This 60-minute short course aims to introduce non-geologists to structural and petrological geological principles, which are used by geologist to understand system earth.

The data available to geologists is often minimal, incomplete and representative for only part of the geological history. Besides learning field techniques to acquire and measure data, geologists need to develop a logical way of thinking to close gaps in the data to understand the system. There is a difference in the reality observed from field observation and the final geological model that tells the story.

In this course we briefly introduce the following subjects:
1) Geology rocks: Introduction to the principles of geology and field data acquisition
2) Failing rocks: From structural field data to (paleo-)stress analysis
3) Dating rocks: Absolute and relative dating of rocks using petrology and geochronology methods
4) Crossover rocks: How geology benefits from seismology and geodynamic research and vice-versa

Our aim is not to make you the next specialist in geology, but we would rather try and make you aware of the challenges a geologist faces when they go out into the field. Additionally, the quality of data and the methods used nowadays are addressed to give seismologists and geodynamicists a feel for the capabilities and limits of geological research. This course is given by Early Career Scientist geologists and geoscientists and forms a trilogy with the short course on ‘Geodynamics 101 (A&B)’ and ‘Seismology 101’. For this reason, we will also explain what kind of information we expect from the fields of seismology and geodynamics and we hope to receive some feedback in what kind of information you could use from our side.

Co-organized by SSP5
Convener: Richard Wessels | Co-conveners: Anouk Beniest, David Fernández-Blanco, Francesco Giuntoli
Wed, 28 Apr, 14:30–15:30 (CEST)


  • David Fernández-Blanco, Barcelona Center for Subsurface Imaging (CSI), Spain
  • Richard Wessels, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Francesco Giuntoli, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Anouk Beniest, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands