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Code: GEOL3005     Acronym: GEOL3005     Level: 300

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2019/2020 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Geosciences, Environment and Spatial Plannings
Course/CS Responsible: First Degree in Geology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
L:B 0 study plan from 2016/17 3 - 6 56 162
L:CC 0 Plano de estudos a partir de 2014 2 - 6 56 162
L:F 2 study plan from 2017/18 2 - 6 56 162
L:G 7 study plan from 2017/18 2 - 6 56 162
L:M 1 Plano estudos a partir do ano letivo 2016/17 2 - 6 56 162
L:Q 0 study plan from 2016/17 3 - 6 56 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Deolinda Maria dos Santos Flores Marcelo da Fonseca
Jorge Manuel Espinha Marques

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 2,00
Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 2,00
Deolinda Maria dos Santos Flores Marcelo da Fonseca 2,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,00
Jorge Manuel Espinha Marques 2,00

Teaching language



To understand the genesis and development of relief/landscape of Portugal in connection with the geology and geotectonic settings and exogenic processes.

To identify and describe the landforms characteristics and its relationship with the geomorphic processes and climate.

To describe geomorphologic relevant aspects of Portugal.

Learning outcomes and competences

It is intended that students acquire skills in:

- to observe the relief/landscape to identify and characterize the landforms;

- to relate the landforms with the geomorphological processes and climate;

- to understand the genesis of landforms and its evolution in the geological and tectonic setting in association with the exogenous processes.

Working method



1.General concepts
1.1.Objectives and definition of Geomorphology
1.2.Geomorphology within Geosciences
1.3.Davis’ Geomorphological Cycle

2.Geologic Setting of Portugal
2.1.Morphostrutural unities of Portugal
2.1.1.Hesperian Massif
2.1.2.Lusitanian and Algarve Basins
2.1.3.Tagus and Sado river basins
2.2.Hercinic Tectonic
2.3.Alpine tectonic

3. Massif Hesperian cover deposits and its geomorphologic significance
3.1.”Grupo do Buçaco” Cretaceous formation
3.2.Paleogene formations
3.3.Neogene formations

4.Hesperian Massif morphological elements
4.1.Fundamental applanation surface of the Iberian Meseta
4.2.Relief of the Iberian Meseta
4.3.Central Cordillera
4.4. Serra da Estrela Mountain – Glacial and granite landforms
4.5. Lousã-Arganil and Sarzedas- Castelo Branco basins
4.6 Other aspects

5.Litoral plateau region
5.1.Litoral plateau and correlated deposits - its utilization as geomorphologic reference
5.2.Peninsular NW litoral
5.3.Aveiro “Ria”
5.4. Boa Viagem Mountain
5.5. Gândara plain
5.6. Litoral plateau
5.7 Other aspects

6.Hydrographic network and its evolution during the Cainozoic
6.1. Western region – Minho and Douro Litoral
6.2. Eastern region – Trás-os-Montes
6.4. Douro Terciary Basin
6.5. Tejo and Sado Terciary Basin

7.Geomorphology of the Estremadura
7.1. Silt-clay hills
7.2. “Maciço Calcário Estremenho”
7.3. Salt diapir system
7.4. Sintra igneous massif
7.5. Lisbon Region

8.Azores volcanic landforms

Mandatory literature

Cabral, J.; Neotectónica em Portugal Continental, Instituto Geológico e Mineiro. Lisboa. (Memória nº 31)., 1995
Ferreira Narciso; Guia geológico e geomorfológico do Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela. ISBN: 972-775-21-4
Nunes João Carlos; Paisagens vulcânicas dos Açores. ISBN: 972-8144-03-2
Vidal Romaní Juan Ramón; Formas y paisajes graníticos. ISBN: 84-89694-58-3

Teaching methods and learning activities

Presentation and discussion of geomorphologic aspects of Portugal, its genesis and evolution. Analysis in the field of some aspects presented during the lectures. Using topographic and geological maps to identify and characterize landforms. As didactic resource will be used Powerpoint presentation which will be put on-line for the students use.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 70,00
Trabalho de campo 30,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 90,00
Frequência das aulas 28,00
Trabalho de campo 28,00
Trabalho escrito 16,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

According to FCUP rules.

Calculation formula of final grade

Final evaluation (70%) and reports from the field work (30%).

Minimum clssification in each of the parts (theoretical and practical) is 8 out of 20.

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