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Field Methods and Structural Geology
The structure of the Earth’s crust is constantly changing and the rocks making up the crust must deform to accommodate these changes. Rock deformation occurs over many scales ranging from individual mineral grains to mountain belts. This course deals with the geometric description of structures and the large scale forces responsible for crustal deformation. The laboratories introduce students to best practices for geologic field work, the field identification of common minerals and rocks, geologic contacts, geologic maps and cross sections, folds, and faults. Students will develop skill for presenting field data in papers, figures, and oral presentations.
Format: lecture/laboratory; discussion, three hours per week and laboratory, three hours per week
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
short weekly writing assignments, two 10-page papers based on field trips, and a one-hour exam
any 100-level Geosciences course or permission of instructor
Geosciences majors or students with a strong interest in geosciences
$15 for field supplies
There will be two 10-page papers, each based on four field trips. Students will submit short field descriptions and figures with captions after each field trip for evaluation by the instructor and peers. The shorter assignments will be incorporated in the field reports. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
GEOS Group C Electives - Solid Earth