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GEOL471 Advanced Topics in Geophysics 2

Practical and conceptual approaches on the use of rock- and paleo-magnetism in stratigraphic, chronostratigraphic, environmental, volcanic, structural and tectonic studies.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Geophysics 2
Paper code GEOL471
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
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GEOL 431

This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.


Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr Christian Ohneiser
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman

Paper Structure
  • Introduction 1 - The origins of the geomagnetic field
  • Introduction 2 - Remanence
  • Introduction 3 - Magnetic mineralogy
  • Introduction 4 - Laboratory and field techniques
  • The geomagnetic polarity timescale
  • Magnetostratigraphy
  • Secular variations
  • Relative paleointensity and the next generation magnetic timescale
  • Environmental magnetism
  • Magnetic fabrics and paleoceanography
  • Paleomagnetic techniques for volcanology
  • Magnetic fabrics and rock deformation
  • Paleomagnetic studies and structural geology

This paper will draw on the book 'PALEOMAGNETISM: Magnetic Domains to Geologic Terranes' By Robert F. Butler, which is available for download from

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understanding how the field of rock and paleomagnetism has developed and been applied to a number of complex geological problems and contemporary topics; this will include an understanding of the advantages and limitations of paleomagnetic methods over other geological and geophysical techniques (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Global perspective, Environmental literacy, Ethics, Lifelong learning and Critical thinking)
  • The ability to acquire and critically evaluate rock and paleomagnetism datasets and research material (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Communication, Self-motivation and Teamwork)
  • Development of independent and group skills for communicating geophysical research in small group and more formal (seminar presentation) settings; this will include the ability to prepare for and produce coherent written and oral presentations and arguments about the methods and datasets that they present; they will challenge conventional assumptions and consider different options and viewpoints when discussing results; students will develop an appreciation for flexibility, adaptability and creativity in seismic research (Graduate Profile Attributes: Scholarship, Research, Interdisciplinary perspective, Critical thinking, Communication, Self-motivation, Lifelong learning and Teamwork)

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system