Interpretation and Analysis of Geological Maps

School  Natural Sciences
Academic Unit
 Geology Department
Level of Studies
Course Code
Εξάμηνο σπουδών  8ο
Course Title
 Interpretation and Analysis of Geological Maps
Independent Teaching Activities
 Lectures, laboratory work and  tutorial work 
Weekly Teaching Hours
Credits  5
Course Type
 General Knowledge/ Field of Science
Prerequisite Courses
Language of Instruction & Examinations
Greek.  Teaching may be however performed in English in case foreign students attend the course.
Is the Course offered to Erasmus Students
Course Web-Page (URL)  
Learning Outcomes

The course aims at undergraduate students who understand and have the basic skills and knowledge in Geology. The aim of the course is to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in the analysis and synthesis of simple geological maps.

The student with the successful completion of the course will be able:

  • To know the different types of thematic-geological maps
  • To know and be able to use the geological compass in combination with topographic/geological maps
  • To construct simple structural contour maps in areas of moderate difficulty
  • Construct simple geological cross-sections by using structural contours, surface data and wellbore data.
  • Perform simple geometric calculations on geological maps and cross sections.
  • Perform synthetic interpretations from geological maps and stereographic projection data.
General Competences
  • Search, analyze and synthesize data and information using the necessary technologies,
  • Autonomous work,
  • Teamwork,
  • Promote free, creative and inductive thinking.

The content of the course includes the following chapters:

  • Types of  thematic-geological maps
  • Introduction to the topographic-geologic map
  • Chartographic projections
  • Coordinate systems
  • Geomorphology and topography
  • Geological compass and navigation on maps.
  • Interpretation and analysis in areas of dipping beds, unconformities, faults and folds.
  • Geological mapping in complex areas
  • Interpretation of photogeological  maps
  • Methods of construction of simple geological cross-sections with various techniques.
  • Geometric calculations on geological maps and cross-sections
Delivery  Lectures, laboratory work and tutorials face to face
Use of Information & Communication Technology
Teaching Methods
Activity Semester workload
Lectures (2 conduct hours per week x 13 weeks)  2×13=26
Laboratory Work 1×13=13 
Tutorial  1×13=13
Students Report 26
Hours for private study of the student 47
 Total number of hours for the Course 125 
 Student Performance Evaluation
 Written examinations at the end of the semester, in Greek, which include problem solving as well as short answer questions
Attached Bibliography

Recommended Literature :

  1. Maltman Α. 1990. Geological Maps -  An Introduction. Open University Press
  2. Miller V. C. and Miller C. F.: Photogeology- McGraw-Hill Books