EARTHSCI 208 : Earth Structure
2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)
As a core requirement of the Earth Science major, knowledge gained here contributes to field and Stage 3 courses in the Earth Sciences, along with higher level vocational pathways (e.g., engineering geology, exploration geology, mining, construction, field geology, academic research in geology).
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
- Describe and document common structural features in the rock record (Capability 1)
- Apply common techniques and analytical methods to interpret structural history (Capability 1 and 3)
- Work confidently and critically with geological maps and cross-sections (Capability 1 and 2)
- Project surface information to depth (Capability 3)
- Synthesise analytical results into a formal report (Capability 2 and 4)
|Final Exam||40%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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- Working with maps - recognising patterns, structure contours, gaining geologic information
- Cross-sections - construction, projecting map information to depth
- Stereographic projections - plotting lines and planes, analysis of folds and faults
- Folds - geometry, description, analysis
- Faults - description, dynamic and kinematic analysis
- Stress and strain
- Mohr diagrams
• Rowland, S.M, Duebendorfer, E.M. & Schiefelbein, I.M., 2007. Structural analysis and synthesis (3rd edition). Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4051-1652-7.
Lab manual on which parts of the course are based.
• Fossen, H., 2016. Structural Geology (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-107-05764-7.
Excellent introductory textbook.
• Lisle, R.J. & Leyshon, P.R., 2004. Stereographic projection techniques for geologists and civil engineers (2nd edition). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521535824.
Excellent book with loads of examples of what we will be doing in class regarding stereonets.
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