2023-2024 / GEOL0286-1

Geological mapping, From theory to fieldwork


5h Th, 20h Pr, 2d FW

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology4 crédits 


Hans-Balder Havenith

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The lecture of geological mapping provides an introduction to the history of geological mapping in Belgium as well as an overview of basics in geological mapping.

Numerous exercises of mapping and drawing of geological profiles are carried out to improve the understanding of the spatial relationship between geological layers.

The fieldwork will focus on the making of a geological profile across formations and structures in the Condroz, on detailed layer mapping as well as on structural geology.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduction to geological mapping, learning of numerous mapping techniques and working in the field.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Indoor practical work on maps and fieldtrips.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

6-7 lectures (4 h each) are given in the classroom. 2 days (+ one non-guided day) are spent in the field - transport is by car.

Recommended or required readings

Notions de cartographie géologique (F. Boulvain): http://www.ulg.ac.be/geolsed/carto/carto.htm
Textbooks :
- Barnes, J., 1988. Basic geological mapping. Geological Society of London Handbook Series, 112 pp.
- McClay, K., 1987. The mapping of geological structures. Geological Society of London Handbook Series, 161 pp.

Paper :
- Groessens, E. and Groessens-Van Dyck, M.C., 2007. Two hundred years of geologic mapping in Belgium, from D'Omalius D'Halloy to the Belgian Federal State. Earth Sciences History, 26, 1, 75-84.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions ) AND oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Written and oral examination based on exercices as well as the report on the fieldwork.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



HB. Havenith & Valentine Piroton
Géorisques et Environnement, Bât. B18, 4000 Liège (Sart Tilman) Tél. : 04/366.93.16 - e-mail : HB.Havenith@ulg.ac.be ; v.piroton@uliege.be
Secrétariat : Mme J. Schmetz, Tél. : 04/366.22.51 - e-mail : joelle.schmetz@ulg.ac.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Geological mapping lecture 1
Geological mapping lecture 1