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GEOL465 Advanced Topics in Structural Geology

Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding structural geology, fault zones, shear zones and earthquake ruptures.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Structural Geology
Paper code GEOL465
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $653.49
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,757.23

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Restriction
GEOL 430
Teaching staff

Coordinator: Dr Steven Smith
Professor Dave Prior

Paper Structure

  • Observations and models of fault zone structure
  • Mechanisms of rock damage in and around fault zones
  • The seismic cycle - from creep to earthquakes
  • Coseismic processes in carbonates
  • Coseismic processes in ultramafic rocks
  • Coseismic processes in phyllosilicates

Textbooks

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

  • Research-level understanding of state-of-the-art topics in structural geology and the links between those topics. (Research, Interdisciplinary perspective)
  • A comprehensive understanding of the importance of structural geology in modern society, with particular emphasis on how structural geology can help our understanding of earthquake hazards and mineralisation. (Global perspective)
  • A comprehensive understanding of the structure of fault zones, how fault zone structure varies in different rock types, and the implications this has for earthquake rupture phenomenon. (Research, Interdisciplinary perspective)
  • A comprehensive understanding of how field-based, experimental and mathematical techniques can be used to address and solve research-level problems in structural geology. (Interdisciplinary perspective)
  • An ability to work effectively in a team to deliver high-quality presentations. (Teamwork)

Eligibility

A student who has a background in field geology, mineralogy and petrology and some basic structural geology or tectonics

Contact

geology@otago.ac.nz

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Timetable

First Semester

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