GEOS 401 Fall 2014 Global Tectonics and the Rise of Mountains

Fifty years after the sea-floor spreading hypothesis was first verified using magnetic anomalies, we have spectacular data sets from paleomagnetism, seismology, volcanism, the Global Positioning System, and digital elevation models that provide rich details into the kinematics and mechanisms of present and past plate motions. After an introduction to the theory of plate tectonics, we will learn how to 1) access these data sets, 2) portray them on Google Earth and other geographic information systems, and 3) use them to test important tectonic models. We will also explore ways in which tectonics, climate, and erosion affect each other during the evolution of mountain ranges. Class meetings will include lectures and discussions of assigned reading. Labs will include field trips and computer-based projects using large data sets.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: participation during seminar discussions; six 2-page written summaries of journal articles; and weekly lab reports based on field trips and laboratory projects
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: two 200-level GEOS courses or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: senior Geosciences majors
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Class Number: 1265
GEOS 401 - 01 (F) SEM Global Tectonics and Mountains Division 3: Science and Mathematics Paul M. Karabinos
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Schow GIS Lab 1265
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