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. We will read journal articles to explore how plate tectonics can help explain the evolution of mountain belts with special emphasis on the Appalachians.
Format: tutorial; Remote, weekly one-hour meetings with tutorial partner and instructor
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
five papers based on journal articles, and critiques of partner's papers
GEOS 203, 302, or 303 or permission of instructor
senior Geosciences majors, then juniors
As a 400-level seminar, this capstone course is intended to build on and extend knowledge and skills students have developed during previous courses in the major
Five 5-page papers throughout the semester based and journal articles. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.
GEOS Group C Electives - Solid Earth