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GL2511: GEOPHYSICS (2022-2023)

Last modified: 17 Jun 2022 17:00


Course Overview

This course introduces you to some of the physics that underlies Earth’s processes, and shows you how geophysical methods can be used to uncover Earth’s structure and processes. From how the Earth moves around the solar system, to how rocks bend and break, from earthquake hazards to uncovering mineral resources, this course will allow you to gain skills and knowledge that will be important for the rest of your degree and future careers.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Amy Gilligan

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course covers 10 key topics in geophysics. Teaching is delivered through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, and practical classes, including computer based practicals where you will learn the basics of coding python.

By the end of this you should be able to:

  • * Describe the main forces operating in the Earth, their behaviour, interaction and geological significance.
  • * Analyse and interpret basic geophysical data to make quantitative estimates of the Earth’s physical properties
  • * Apply basic mathematical and coding skills to solving geophysical problems
  • * Communicate geophysical concepts to a general and specialist audience
  • Each week of term covers a different topic:
  1. Planetary Structure and Tectonics: How do planets move?, Earth Structure, Plate Tectonics
  2. Heat: Heat fundamentals, Heat flow and geothermal gradients, Radiogenic heat production
  3. Mechanics: Stress and pressure, Strain, Rheology
  4. Faults and Fractures, Failure models, tensile fractures, faults, strength and friction
  5. Earthquakes: Where the occur, how big are they, focal mechanisms, induced seismicity, earthquake hazard
  6. Passive seismology: How do we measure ground motion? What can seismometers detect, locating earthquakes, imaging the Earth
  7. Seismic reflection and refraction
  8. Seismic acquisition and processing
  9. Magnetism: The Earth’s magnetic field, magnetic surveying, interpreting magnetic anomalies
  10. Gravity: The Earth’s shape, measuring gravity, gravity corrections, interpreting gravity anomalies.

Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 25 - 35, 39
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 25 - 35, 39

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Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

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Resit Assessments

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