GEOL 2101— Writing Assignment #3: Geological map interpretation
This assignment has four general goals. You will get practice in:
i. Researching and reporting on a geological map or area that
incorporates a number of the topics we covered this term
ii. Finding and using a geological map of an area
iii. Evaluating and using peer-reviewed sources for academic
iv. Learning how to use citations and references for peer-reviewed sources properly
Write a concise 2 – 3 page (see rubric) report on the geology of your home town, province or area.
There are no teams for this assignment, you have to do an individual essay. Your report should be in
the format of a formal scientific essay or paper, with an introduction section, a section about rocks,
and a geological history section.
Alternatively, you can choose to write about a section of Nova Scotia. If you choose this option you will
be assigned a particular section of the map of Nova Scotia to write about. See Jason in lab about that.
Things you should include:
- A description of the location you are writing about (latitude/longitude, UTM, country etc.).
- A discussion of the rock types that are present in the area
- A discussion of the geological history of the area
- Something that you find particularly interesting about the area, or a short discussion about how
your area relates to a particular part of the coursework
This is a formal scientific writing assignment, so it should adhere to the principles of good scientific
writing: it should be factual, well-referenced, and readable. Your writing style should be similar to what
you would expect to in a formal report, it should be rigorous and full of information.
If you are uncertain about anything in this assignment, whether it is about the topics, or plagiarism, or
references, or anything else, ask for help! I’m happy to look at drafts and make suggestions. The CBU
librarians are also available for any research help you need.
CITATIONS AND REFERENCES FOR TEXT-BASED AND PEER-REVIEWED SOURCES
For this assignment you are required to use at least three (3)
text-based or peer-reviewed resources, and to cite them appropriately.
Acceptable resources include:
Any academic books in the library, in both history or geology subject areas
Online books – cite the actual book in the text, not the website, but
include a url in your reference list if the book is available online
Peer-reviewed publications of all kinds (e.g. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences)
Websites are not included in the mandatory reference count but can be
used as supplemental sources. The website rules from Assignments 1 and 2
still apply. DO NOT use Wikipedia or similar sites as an official
source – they are great starting points but not appropriate for academic
The pdf “NRC Reference Styles” is posted on Moodle. It can also be found
electronically at http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/page/cjce/authors
under the “Parts of manuscript” link. Note that other classes will
likely use different citation formats—pay attention to exactly what you
instructor ask if you want the best grade possible!
CBU has online resources regarding academic integrity and plagiarism.
You can find them at http://tlc.cbu.ca/node/38. Please refer to CBU’s
policy stated in the official academic calendar at
particularly pages 35 and 36.
The CBU writing Centre is a great resource, it can be found at http://www.cbu.ca/writing-centre.
The following websites have more descriptions of academic integrity, citation requirements, and general writing advice.