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GEOL353 Tectonics

 Examining the spectacular outcrop of the Alpine Fault at Gaunt Creek
Examining the spectacular outcrop of the Alpine Fault at Gaunt Creek

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Details

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.

Students will gain a comprehensive knowledge of  tectonic systems and how these have shaped Earth. They will bring together data from different geological disciplines to address topics such as planetary accretion, mantle convection and the formation of continental and oceanic crust.

Paper title Tectonics
Paper code GEOL353
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
GEOL 251, GEOL 252, one of: MATH 151, MATH 160, MATH 170, COMO 101, STAT 110, STAT 115
Schedule C
Science
Notes
Students must be prepared to attend field trips outside of regular semester time
Contact
geology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Coordinator: Dr James Scott
Dr Virginia Toy
Professor David Prior
Professor Dave Craw
Professor Ewan Fordyce
Dr Mike Palin
Professor James White
Dr Chris Moy

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
  • Fault friction and slip
  • Subduction zone faults
  • Changing oceans, continents and biotas
  • New Zealand tectonics

Assessment is 40% internal (ongoing during the semester) and 60 % external (final exam).

Teaching Arrangements
Two lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
Textbooks
Kearey, P., Klepeis, K.A., & Vine, F.J. 2009. Global tectonics. Wiley Blackwell. Third edition 2011. 482 pages
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
Course outline

GEOL353-Tectonics-outline-2018.pdf (latest syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
None

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-16, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-16, 18-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Friday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22
P2 Friday 09:00-11:50 9-15, 18-22