GO 326 Plate Tectonics

ES 767 Global Tectonics

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Tectonic blog ES 767 presentations

These web pages remain available in archive status,
but the course will not be updated after May 2017.


A global study of plate tectonics as a unifying solid-earth theory, which explains continental and oceanic geology of the past and present. Tectonic evolution of Eurasia and the Americas. Scientific development and applications of plate tectonics.

Course Availability

These courses will be taught in spring semester, 2017, for on-campus and distance-learning students. On-campus students should enroll through normal procedures. Off-campus students should enroll through Distance Education; instructor's permission is required. In order to receive university credit, students must be officially enrolled and must be in contact with the instructor for course materials and directions. BIS students must have the prerequisites noted above.


  1. A summary of one article from each of the three main sections (I, II & III) will be due at the end of each section. Each summary should be approximately three pages in length, well written, and follow standard format—see summary instructions. Summaries are submitted electronically as plain text (txt) or rich-text format (rtf) files. Each summary counts 10% of course grade (30% total). Summaries handed in late will receive an automatic grade penalty.

    ESU's virtual writing center.

  2. Two, written, "take-home" exams, a mid-term and final, delivered via the web. Each exam will cover lecture and article material for about half of the semester. Students may consult lecture notes, articles, web pages, or any other sources. See schedule (below) for exam dates. Each exam represents 30% of course grade (60% total). See sample exam.

  3. Graduate students enrolled in ES 767 are additionally required to prepare a web presentation on a subject related to plate tectonics. The presentations will be linked to the course homepage for all students to review—see past student web presentations. Please check instructions for preparation of student webpages. Presentation is worth 10% of total grade (value of exams reduced to 50% total).

    Note: The presentation must be original and unique work created by the student's own effort and submitted for this course only. Presentation results, images, text or other components of the webpage may not be utilized for other earth science courses without permission of the instructor.

  4. Class participation is expected; this includes weekly e-mail messages from all students and contributions to the course blog. Send text and images for the blog to your instructor. Participation is 10% of total grade.

  5. All students should review the departmental policy on plagiarism. See course grading scale.

  6. For further information about university schedule, policies and services, go to ESU syllabus attachment.

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Weekly Course Schedule, 2017

The spring 2017 schedule is presented below. On-campus students meet for a weekly review session each Thursday, 11:00 am to 12:20 pm, in Science Hall 131. Dates below reflect the Thursday meetings. Readings for each week are identified as pdf files.

Tectonic blog.

I. Earth's core and mantle

II. Oceanic tectonics

Mid-term exam, available on March 3, due on March 8th.

III. Continental tectonics

* Spring break *

IV. Tectonic hazards

Final exam, available on May 5, due on May 10th.

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© Notice: This course is presented by the Earth Science department for the express use and benefit of students enrolled at Emporia State University. Anyone else may view and enjoy the information here. No other use or repackaging of course curriculum is permitted without permission of the instructor.

ADA statement: Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential.

Please send your comments to the course instructor.
J.S. Aber, jaber@emporia.edu.
Last update: May 2017.