The 2020 Geological Engineering student has just completed a series of geological mapping at the Bayat Geological Site, Klaten, Central Java. After two years of the pandemic, Geological Engineering is again holding field lectures offline this year. The Bayat Geological Site was again chosen because of the unique geological conditions as well as the ease of access and facilities in conducting field activity at that location.

The Bayat Geological Mapping field lecture lasted for 10 days. The material taught during the learning process is not only the theory but also direct practice in the field. In the first 5 days, students were trained to make trajectory maps and to measure stratigraphic data and geological structures directly on rock outcrops in Bayat. The next five days, participants carried out geological mapping in groups in several mapping plots scattered throughout the Bayat Geological Site area.

The hectic series of events during the Bayat Geological Mapping became a scourge for all participants. Starting from the morning when you wake up until the evening, all activities must be followed by the participants diligently. Not surprisingly, during the mapping activity, students were not only tested academically but also physically drained out. This is important, so that students get an idea of ​​how tough the field of geology work will be after they graduate and have a job.

Bayat Geological Mapping itself is part of a series of Geological Mapping courses held in odd semesters. After completing the Bayat Geological Mapping, participants will continue their independent mapping in their respective mapping plots. This year all mapping activities are carried out offline but still apply the remote sensing method that has been taught to previous students. This year’s independent mapping plots are spread out from the westernmost part is Batang Regency and the easternmost part is Grobogan Regency.

Goodluck on your independent geological mapping!