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.
Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of tectonic systems and how these have shaped Earth. They will bring together data from different geological disciplines to address topics such as planetary accretion, mantle convection and the formation of continental and oceanic crust.
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,059.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,627.65|
- GEOL 251, GEOL 252, one of: MATH 151, MATH 160, MATH 170, COMO 101, STAT 110, STAT 115
- Schedule C
- Students must be prepared to attend field trips outside of regular semester time
- More information link
- Teaching staff
- 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
- Fault friction and slip
- Subduction zone faults
- Changing oceans, continents and biotas
- New Zealand tectonics
Assessment is 40% internal (ongoing during the semester) and 60 % external (final exam).
- Earth origins:
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
- Kearey, P., Klepeis, K.A., & Vine, F.J. 2009. Global tectonics. Wiley Blackwell. Third edition 2011. 482 pages
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship,
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy,
Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Specific learning outcomes are:
- Integrated and quantitative understanding of tectonic systems and tectonic processes
- Problem-solving skills
- Quantitative skills
- Teamwork skills
- Course outline
GEOL353-Tectonics-outline-2018.pdf (latest syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)