Earth Structure: Introduction to Structural Geology & Tectonics

EARTH 451

Description and interpretation of geological structures in the Earth's crust and introduction to global plate tectonics. Topics covered are: mechanics, stress, strain and deformation; hand-specimen and field description of geological structures; the kinematics and dynamics of folding and faulting; flow of rocks (rheology); introduction to dislocation theory; microstructural analysis; principles of plate tectonics; tectonic evolution of selected regions. The course is aimed at those with an interest in geology beyond the introductory level, as well as students who want a basic understanding of the outer Earth's physical properties.

Credits: 
3
School(s)/College(s): 
Literature, Science, & Arts » Earth and Environmental Sciences
Semesters: 
Winter 2017
Winter 2016
Winter 2015
Winter 2014