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

    About this paper

    Paper title Advanced Topics in Geophysics 2
    Subject Geology
    EFTS 0.0833
    Points 10 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $723.96
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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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