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GEOL353 Tectonics

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Plate geometry and kinematic derivations; tectonic history reconstructions; integrated understanding of sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic, and structural associations in various tectonic settings; implications for climate, fauna, earth evolution, and society.

This paper explores tectonic systems and how these have shaped Earth, from the beginning of Earth to the modern day. They will bring together data from different geological disciplines to address topics such as planetary accretion, planet differentiation, mantle convection, the origin of subduction, mountain building, formation of continental and oceanic crust, and Zealandia tectonics.

Paper title Tectonics
Paper code GEOL353
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Students must be prepared to attend field trips outside of regular semester time.
Contact

james.scott@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor James Scott
Professor David Prior

Paper Structure

Topics covered include:

  • Earth origins:
    • Earth's elements and age
    • Earth differentiation and the Late Heavy Bombardment
    • Earth from petrological and geophysical perspectives
    • First continental crust and subduction initiation
  • Plate tectonics on a sphere
  • Mantle melting:
    • Oceanic lithosphere and mid-ocean ridges
    • Do mantle plumes exist?
    • Ocean island basalts
    • Large igneous provinces
  • Thermal evolution of orogenic belts
Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures and one lab per week
Optional tutorials
One fieldtrip

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

GEOL353-Tectonics-outline (previous syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Specific learning outcomes are:
  • Integrated and quantitative understanding of tectonic systems and tectonic processes
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • Teamwork skills

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Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 08:00-08:50 9-15, 17-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 17-22

Study planetary differentiation, composition and tectonic processes to learn how Earth has evolved from the formation of the Solar System to modern-day plate tectonics.

This paper explores tectonic systems and how these have shaped Earth, from the beginning of Earth to the modern day. They will bring together data from different geological disciplines to address topics such as planetary accretion, planet differentiation, mantle convection, the origin of subduction, mountain building, formation of continental and oceanic crust, and Zealandia tectonics.

Paper title Earth Evolution and Plate Tectonics
Paper code GEOL353
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2023 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
EAOS 111 and/or GEO112, and 72 200-level points from Science Schedule C
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Students must be prepared to attend field trips outside of regular semester time.
Contact

geology@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

To be advised.

Paper Structure

Topics covered include:

  • Earth origins:
    • Earth's elements and age
    • Earth differentiation and the Late Heavy Bombardment
    • Earth from petrological and geophysical perspectives
    • First continental crust and subduction initiation
  • Plate tectonics on a sphere
  • Mantle melting:
    • Oceanic lithosphere and mid-ocean ridges
    • Do mantle plumes exist?
    • Ocean island basalts
    • Large igneous provinces
  • Thermal evolution of orogenic belts
Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures and one lab per week
Optional tutorials
One fieldtrip

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

GEOL353-Tectonics-outline (previous syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Specific learning outcomes are:
  • Integrated and quantitative understanding of tectonic systems and tectonic processes
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Quantitative skills
  • Teamwork skills

^ Top of page

Timetable

Semester 1

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 16-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 16-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Thursday 09:00-11:50 9-13, 16-22