Description and analysis of deformations produced within the Earth on all scales from microscopic to global. Topics include behavior of rocks and sediments under stress, nature of earthquakes, origin of mountain belts; significance of ocean ridges, rifts, fracture zones, and trenches.
Prerequisites: MA 112 (trigonometry) and GO 326 (plate tectonics), or consent.
Textbook:Structural geology of rocks and regions, Davis and Reynolds, 1996, 2nd ed.
Labbook: Online lab exercises adapted from Structural geology exercises with glaciotectonic examples (Aber, 1988).
Software:RockWare will be used for constructing rose diagrams and stereonets, and for analyzing directional data. Available on selected student computers in GSA lab.
Structural geology is an elective course in the earth science program. It is intended for upper-level undergraduate majors as well as beginning graduate students. The course is recommended for students in the traditional geology emphasis. The course deals with description and analysis of structures within the Earth's crust, particularly those structures created as a result of deformation. Such deformations may be caused by tectonic movements, mass (gravity) movement, meteorite impact, and a host of other mechanisms. A special emphasis for this course is glaciotectonism--deformations brought about by glacier action on the substratum.