Olympiad Competition 2015

The Examination of Earth Science Olympiad will be held on 6th June 2015 at following examination centers from 10 to 12 am

Central  Province- Dept. of Geology, UOP, Peradeniya
Eastern Province- Faculty of Applied Sciences, SEUSL, Sammanthurai
Northern Province – Vitheeswara College, Jaffna 
North Central Province- Dept. of Phy. Sciences, Rajarata Uni., Mihinthale
North Western Province- Maliyadewa Model School, Kurunegala
Sabaragamuwa Province  – Dept. of Natural Resoureces, SUSL, Belihuloya 
Southern Province- Faculty of Fisheris and Marine Science Technology, RUSL, Matara
Uva Province- Faculty of Science & Technology, UWU, Badulla
Western Province- The Open Uni. Of Sri Lanka, Nawala- Examination Hall no 2

Kindly note, even if you have not received your admission, you would be able to sit for the examination and make sure you come to the examination center at least by 9.00 am 

Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2015

Sixth Sri Lankan Earth Science Olympiad Competition (SLESOC) will be jointly organized by the Geological Society of Sri Lanka (GSSL) in collaboration with Department of Geology and Department of Geography, University of Peradeniya. The competition will be open to Sri Lankan school students under 19 years by 1 st July, 2015 (born after 1st July, 1996) and those who have passed the G.C.E. (O/L) examination or sat for the G.C.E. (O/L) in 2014. The competition test will be organized during April / May, 2015. Best four students will be selected to be participated at the 9 th International Earth Science Olympiad competition will be held in Brazil, during September 2015 (subject to availability of funds).

Olympiad Application for 2015

Sri Lanka Earth Science Olympiad Competition – 2014 Detailed syllabus for the examination

  1. GEOSPHERE (50%) Earth’s interior Internal structure of the Earth (crust, mantle and core) Chemical composition of the Earth Oceanic and continental crust Minerals Definition of a mineral Physical properties of minerals Chemical composition of minerals Mineral resources of Sri Lanka Rocks Rock cycle Igneous rocks (classification, texture and structure) Sedimentary rocks (classification, texture and structure) Metamorphic rocks (classification, texture and structure) Sri Lankan rocks Geological processes Plate tectonics Earthquakes Volcanism Landslides Tsunami Structural geology Strike and dip of a foliation plane Faults Folds Joints and fractures Historical geology Geological time scale Principles of historical geology unconformities
  2. Biosphere (5%) Types of fossils (body fossils and trace fossils) Food cycle Features of fossils (gastropods, brachiopods, chepolopods, trilobite)
  3. Planetary System (ASTRONOMY) (10%) Relative motion between the Sun, Moon and Earth – day and The birth of the solar system Terrestrial plants – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars Outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto lunar phases, solar and lunar eclipses Comets Asteroids Satellites
  4. ATMOSPHERE (10%) Basics and Energy of the Atmosphere Composition of atmosphere vertical layers Heat transfer, radiation, solar and terrestrial radiation Albedo, energy balance Greenhouse effect Moisture, clouds, humidity and precipitation Cloud identification and classification Weather maps, weather systems and patterns Cyclones and hurricanes Precipitation (rainfall) patterns El Niño Climate patterns and classification
  5. HYDROSPHERE (15%) Hydrological cycle Drainage patterns Floods Water temperature, water depth, water density Water chemistry (dissolved oxygen, salinity, hardness) Water pollution Ocean water and sea level change Ocean current and tidal activities Wave height, speed, period, length
  6. Geography (10%) Geomorphological features / landform (in land and sea) Geomorphological processes (running water, wind, glaciers, coastal) Rock weathering Erosion (by running water, wind glaciers, coast) Soil profile Major soil types Topographic maps

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