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 should leave this paper with a professional knowledge of tectonic systems that can be applied to a range of geological problems and an integrated understanding of the relationships between all the aspects of geology that they have learned within the core in preceding years.
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- GEOL 251 and GEOL 252 and MATH 160
- Schedule C
- Students must be prepared to attend field trips outside of regular semester time
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two lectures and one 3-hour laboratory per week.
- More information link
- View more information about GEOL 353
- Teaching staff
- Coordinator: Dr
Dr Virginia Toy
Professor David Prior
Professor Dave Craw
Professor Ewan Fordyce
Dr Mike Palin
Professor James White
Dr Chris Moy
- Paper Structure
- Part 1: The mechanics of plate tectonics: what is our current understanding of the structure and motion of tectonic plates, and what datasets is this based on?
- Part 2: Global implications of plate tectonics
- Part 3: Processes in orogenic belts by reference to NZ's South Island
- 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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
- Specific learning outcomes are:
- Integrated and quantitative understanding of tectonic systems and tectonic processes
- Problem-solving skills
- Quantitative skills
- Teamwork skills