Resources and the Environment


The aim of this module is to provide a fundamental introductory understanding of the principles and practice of resource geology and its environmental implications. The module commences providing an understanding of the distribution of resources in a plate tectonic context, and then develops the following themes:

  • Resources as bulk materials
  • Energy resources
  • Resource management and policy
  • Resource evaluation using Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geophysical Petroleum exploration 

Where appropriate topic will commence with background information on formation of the resource, and will elaborate extraction and processing methods as well as the major uses of each resource type. 


  • Practical exercises
  • Report
  • Open Book MCQ assessment