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AKSU Geology students embark on Independent Geological Mapping exercise.

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“All other things being equal, the best Geologist is one who has seen the most rocks” – Prof. H. H. Read, Imperial College, London.

Taking cognizance of the fact that Geology fieldwork is fundamental to every Geoscience training, the Department of Geology, Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) recently engaged the 300 and 400 level students on a two (2) weeks Independent Geological Mapping  (IGM) exercise.

Addressing the students before their departure to the designated communities, the Acting Head of Geology Department – Dr. Tom Harry, reminded the students that the objective of the Independent fieldwork was to train them on how to make field observations and use them to construct geology maps, cross-sections and stratigraphic columns. He further stated that Geology students are expected to be able to use field observations to interpret the geology history of the field area and integrate it with regional and global Geology.



Dr. Harry further emphasized the importance of being able to use modern tools and methods to investigate the surface and sub-surface, in other to solve environmental problems associated with different areas. He had earlier informed the students that the University expects them to study hard and pass out in flying colours and as such, each and every one of them should endeavor to put in some level of extra effort.

Dr. Harry used the opportunity of the Geology Field trip to express sincere gratitude to the University Vice Chancellor, Prof Eno Ibanga, for his unwavering support towards the growth of the Department of Geology/Geosciences.




Communities that the students covered during the exercise were those within Akwa Ibom NE and NW geographical location found along the `Opobo sheet`. These comprises parts of Abak, Nsit Ubium, Nsit Ibom, Ibesikpo, Mkpat Enin and Uyo Local Government Areas.


At the end of the field trip exercise, the Geology students were able to discover various precious gem-stones scattered across the mapped area. The students have completed the said exercise and have all safely returned back to campus for the continuation of their second semester.
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