Geologist Scout Interest Badge
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- Make a collection of 30 different geological specimens stored in boxes suitably labelled and cross referenced to a field note book in which will be indicated the following:
- Specimen identification
- Exact locality described in some detail with a cross reference to a 1:50 000 map.
- Date of collection.
- Description of the site and surrounding topography.
- Broad description of the appearance of the specimen itself and conclusions as to what it is.
- Know the difference between sedimentary and igneous rock and be able to relate this to natural phenomena such as volcanic and alluvial actions.
- Have a knowledge of the following:
- The need to avoid disfiguring the environment when collecting specimens.
- The regulations governing the preservation of rare specimens and national monument sites.
- The need to have written permission to collect specimens on private property.
- Demonstrate the use of a geological hammer and know what its parts and characteristics are.
- Demonstrate in a practical way an ability to read a geological map by sketching short traverses across a fault, a dyke, cyncline or anticline and an uncomformity.
- Identify at least half of twenty minerals selected at random by the examiner from his personal collection or from a field expedition.
- Have a reasonable knowledge of the geology of southern Africa and be able to give a brief discourse on the most prominent geological areas from an economic viewpoint.
- Demonstrate a reasonable grasp of the formation of Earth and its development including tectonic plate movement and the effect of this on the geology of the continents.
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