Rouchel is the course that makes or breaks your decision to become a geologist (at least in field mapping). GEOS3131 is run as a five day camping/hiking intensive field trip, whereby your team is armed with geopicks, brunton compasses and maps in order to gain an understanding of the regional structures and lithology of outcrops within the hills of Rouchel. It is a well known 3rd year field trip which has been run for about 30 years and is designed to tie together all the knowledge gained from previous years of learning. It’s highly recommended to do the GEOS2171 Earth Structures and GEOS2181 Earth Material courses before going on this trip as they will give you solid geological background knowledge.
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In addition to the academic workload there is an element of high physical exercise throughout the four days of mapping, including climbing up and around hills, scrambling over fences, avoiding cows and treading carefully through fields of tall grass and cactus. The place really is beautiful during the day at especially on top of the ridges (with mobile reception!) and at night when we could see the bright stars.