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This course covers all main aspects of structural geology and tectonics and entails 1 hour lectures and 3 hour practicals each week, together with a field excursion to relatively local geology. The significant practical component allows 'hands on' learning with worked examples being provided by staff. The field excursion allows students to directly apply skills and techniques that have been covered in preceding lectures and practicals. with worked examples then provided in follow-up sessions. The course covers a spectrum of brittle and ductile structures that are developed across a range of scales from microscopic to mountain belt.
|First Sub Session
|15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Interpretation of the surface geology of regions using geological maps and landforms using satellite and other remote sensing data. Cross-section construction. Introduction to the structural interpretation of seismic data. The main styles of deformation structures, faults, folds and distributed distortional strain and their analysis. 3D Structural analysis using stereographic projections. Simple kinematic approaches, relationship of deformation structures to tectonics and their importance for the structure of the crust and its sedimentary basins.
There is a one-day field trip associated with this course. Estimated cost is £15.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: In-course assessment (30%); examination (two-hours) (70%). Resit: Two-hour examination (100%).
Multiple choice questions will be set at intervals during the course to provide both summative and formative feedback.