Theoretical and practical approaches to understanding structural geology, fault zones, shear zones and earthquake ruptures.
About this paper
|Advanced Topics in Structural Geology
|Semester 1 (On campus)
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- GEOL 430
A student who has a background in field geology, mineralogy and petrology and some basic structural geology or tectonics.
- Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Professor Dave Prior
- Paper Structure
- Lithospheric strength
- Deformation processes on the microscale
- Links of microscale deformation to lithosphere structure
- Observations and models of fault zone structure
- The seismic cycle - from creep to earthquakes
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
Students who successfully complete this paper will have:
- 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)