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Marine Geology

Code: MA115     Acronym: GM

Classification Keyword

Instance: 2018/2019 - 1T (of 17-09-2018 to 02-11-2018)

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
Course/CS Responsible: First Cycle Degree (BSc) in Aquatic Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LCMA 33 Oficial Plan 2018 1 - 5 48 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
António José Guerner Dias

Teaching language



Understanding of the main geological phenomena through a global approach that involves the genesis, composition and evolution of our Planet assuming Earth as a dynamic system where processes occur as an interactive cycle involving both the Earth interior and their external effects in the atmosphere, biosphere and oceans. To be aware of the importance of Geology in the assessment and management of natural resources of the seafloor as well as in the prevention of natural hazards associated with marine activity in coastal systems.

Learning outcomes and competences

Development of skills in assessment of coastal dynamics, assessment of erosion and accretion on the coast.

Skills development monitoring the coastline.

Working method


Pre-requirements (prior knowledge) and co-requirements (common knowledge)

Not applicable


1.The Earth Planet
1.1. From the continental drift to Plate Tectonics
1.2. The geological and tectonic cycles.
1.3. The Wilson cycle
1.4. Primary geochemical differentiation of the Earth: average composition of the crust and the mantle
1.5. Arguments in favour of the seafloor spreading
1.6. Distribution of the continental and ocean forms and of volcanic and seismic activities: their relation with the plate boundary movements
2. The Oceans and geological resources
2.1. Lithological composition of of the ocean floor
2.2. Mineralogical composition of the sea floor forming rocks
2.3. Main oceanic ore resources
3. The coastal systems integrating oceanic systems
4. Dynamics of coastal systems
4.1 Mean Sea Level (MSL) changes in Earth history
4.2. 1st to 4th order eustatical levels
4.3. MSL changes during the XXth century
4.4. Natural causes of MSL changes
- glaciations
- Earth dynamics
- other natural factors
4.5. Anthropic causes for MSL changes
4.6. The coastal processes in littoral evolution
5. Morphodynamics
6. Methodologies of coastal monitorization
7. Why study the coast line

Mandatory literature

Grotzinger, Jordan, Press, and Siever ; understanding Earth, W H Freeman & Co, 2007

Teaching methods and learning activities

Thoretical and theoretical-practical classes


Windows Office

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 65,00
Trabalho escrito 35,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 86,00
Frequência das aulas 49,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

According to the Institute rules

Calculation formula of final grade

Classification from zero to twenty, comprising 75% from the final examination classification and 25% from the written and oral presentation based on the work developed during the theoretical and practical classes

Examinations or Special Assignments

Realization of a monography on the topic related to Marine Geology.
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