Earth's Structure and Evolution (GEOS3101)

UNIT OF STUDY

The Earth's crust and upper mantle, or lithosphere, are a consequence of dynamic and thermal processes operating since the beginning of the Archaean. This unit focuses on information and techniques that enable an understanding of these processes. The main topics presented in this unit include: the formation and evolution of oceanic and continental lithosphere; tectonic deformation, magmatism and metamorphism at plate boundaries; and the mesoscopic and microscopic analysis of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Practical classes and field exercises are designed to enable students to competently and independently identify the common crystalline rocks in hand-specimen; and to gather and interpret the structural field data which enables the determination of the structural style and deformational history presented in particular tectonic settings. The concepts and content presented in this unit are generally considered to be essential knowledge for geologists and geophysicists and provide a conceptual framework for their professional practice. Students wishing to specialise in the field and become professional geologists will normally need to expand upon the knowledge gained from this unit and either complete an honours project or progress to postgraduate coursework in this field.

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Classes

Two 1 hour lectures and one 3 hour tutorial/practical class per week, and a 3-day excursion.

Assessment

One 2 hour exam, practical and field reports (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(GEOS2114 or GEOS2914) and (GEOS2124 or GEOS2924); or 24 credit points of Intermediate Science units of study and GEOS1003 with permission of the Head of School

Assumed knowledge: GEOS2114, GEOS2124

Prohibitions

GEOS3006, GEOS3017, GEOS3906, GEOS3801, GEOS3003, GEOS3903, GEOS3904, GEOS3917, GEOS3004

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