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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.
|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.|
- GEOL 251 and GEOL 252
- Schedule C
- Students must be prepared to attend field trips outside of regular semester time.
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- 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
- Earth origins:
- Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one lab per week
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.
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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