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Introduction to Structural Geology. Laurel Goodwin Basil Tikoff Paul Riley. Tectonics - how Earth was built Broader than Structural geology Encompassing study of surface to core Including disciplines as diverse as paleontology and geophysics. Structural geology - deformation processes

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introduction to structural geology

Introduction to Structural Geology

Laurel Goodwin

Basil Tikoff

Paul Riley

structural geology vs tectonics
Tectonics - how Earth was built

Broader than Structural geology

Encompassing study of surface to core

Including disciplines as diverse as paleontology and geophysics

Structural geology - deformation processes

Integral part of tectonics, particularly in respect to deformation history over time

Structural Geology vs. Tectonics
components of classwork
Components of classwork
  • 40% exams (10% each midterm, 20% final exam)
  • 35% lab
  • 15% writing assignments
  • 10% concept maps
motivation concepts of a professional practice
Motivation: concepts of a professional practice
  • Report writing
  • Oral presentations
  • Problem identification / problem solving
  • Thinking under pressure
  • Ethics / professional responsibility
important dates
Important dates
  • Italics & bold on syllabus
  • Asterisks indicate chapters for which concept maps are required
  • Items due at the beginning of class or lab
  • Please note times of exams and field trips
  • VARK learning styles analysis - Due this Friday
    • http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire
    • Google VARK
class mantra
Class Mantra
  • Observations separate from interpretations
challenges
Challenges
  • Geology is a forensic science. We must look at deformation from an historical viewpoint.
  • We have to consider a wide range of spatial scales.
  • We work on a variety of time-scales, from those required for an earthquake to those that form mountain belts.
  • 3D visualization is critical
the earth as a cooling body
The Earth as a cooling body
  • Formed by accretion 4.55 Ga
  • Cooling by conduction, radiation, advection
  • Advective cooling drives plate tectonics
  • The distribution of rocks, of temperature, and of deformation on the planet all determined by plate tectonics.