GEOS 401
Global Tectonics and the Rise of Mountains Fall 2019
Division III Writing Skills
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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, local field trips, supplemented by reading assignments, will illustrate how field observations can be used to reconstruct tectonic environments in ancient mountain belts. We will also use journal articles to explore ways in which plate tectonics help explain the evolution of mountain belts with special emphasis on the Appalachians.
The Class: Format: tutorial/laboratory; weekly one-hour meetings, in addition, there will be five field trips early in the semester on Thursday from 11:20 to 3:50 pm
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1609
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: six papers, three based on field trips and three based on journal articles, and critiques of partner's papers
Prerequisites: GEOS 301 or 303 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: senior Geosciences majors
Materials/Lab Fee: $15 for field supplies
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: Six 5- to 10-page papers throughout the semester based on data collected during field trips (3) and journal articles (3). Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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