Advanced Structural Geology

Course code GEOS3290Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

This course examines structures in the Earth's crust and why they develop. The lecture/practical component develops students' understanding of the geometries and structures produced during crustal scale deformation in different tectonic settings. It also includes deformation processes, the kinematic evolution of structures, the mechanics of faulting and fracturing and fluid flow through the crust. The field component provides an advanced field course on structural mapping of a complex, multiply deformed geological terrain. Detailed fieldwork will be augmented with microstructural analysis using thin sections, to determine a pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) history of the region, so that tectonic setting can be evaluated.

NOTE: Field study is carried out prior to beginning of semester.

This course is not to be counted with GEOS3130 and GEOS3211.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesTo develop the following practical skills:
(a) to observe basic and complex geological relationships and record data in a field setting.
(b) to develop a high degree of mapping skills which are suitable for use in mining and exploration.
(c) to develop skills for microstructural interpretation.
(e) Develop the skills to produce geological maps from field observations.
(f) Learn to present geological information in the form of a scientific report.

To develop the following research and communication skills:
a) Present written reports
b) Relating knowledge to problems of the mining and resource industry.
ContentLecture Component:
The geometry and evolution of structures in contractional, thrust, wrench and multiply-deformed terranes.
Deformation mechanisms.
Kinematic evolution of structures.
Mechanics of fracturing and faulting.
Fluid flow (hydrothermal and magmatic) through the crust.
Microstructures.

Field Component:
5-6 days of high-level field mapping in a complex, multiply deformed and metamorphosed geological environment. A major aim of the exercise is to unravel the geological and tectonic evolution of the region, and write up as a report.
Replacing Course(s)This course will replace GEOS3211 and GEOS3130.
TransitionThis course cannot be counted with GEOS3130 and GEOS3211.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2190
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Lecture
Laboratory
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalTheory examination.
Laboratory ExercisesPractical assignments
ReportsField report and maps.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Laboratory: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Field Study: for 42 hour(s) per Term for Full Term