Earth & Environment


Aliaga Fieldwork

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2002 | UU | fieldwork
Geologic Fieldwork

The Aliaga field work is part of the Bachelor of Science curriculum of the University of Utrecht. This freshmen's geologic fieldwork is taught around the town of Aliaga in the Teruel province in Spain. Students are introduced to a broad range of field techniques, including how to use a compass for triangulation and measuring strike-dips. The course demonstrates interdependency of the different geological disciplines in the field, by reconstructing the geological history of the study area from the Triassic to the Pleistocene with a combination of stratigraphy, sedimentology, field mapping, and structural analyses of faults and folds.

One month of geologic mapping and had two more weeks for geophysical and geochemical research, as well as our own special project.

The area around Aliaga is part of a Geoparc (Parque Geológico Aliaga) which is highly values from a scientific and educational point of view. Amongst others, Students from the universities of Utrecht, Plymouth and Cardiff come here annually for geologic fieldwork. The area is also frequented by congress-related field trips and tourists. Visitors can benefit from these 9 touristic routes available online. 

The exposed geologic layers near Aliage are very fosiliferous. Brachiopods, gastropods, sea urchins, corals and plant remains are abundant. Even dinosaur tracks can be found. The sediments exposed in the area are mainly from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. The geologic importance is also reflected by the area's history: lignite used to be mined in the area.

More information about the geopark can be found at


Project: Aliaga Fieldwork