GEOL 333
Structure, Tectonics, and Earth Physics II

Offered Spring 2001, 4 Credits
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00-12:15 in LMR 353

Instructors:


The schedule below will be updated as the course progresses.

Course Outline






Geology 333 Course Outline - version 3.1






Schedule- Spring, 2001









Week



Lecture
Lab
1 Tu 1 / 23 Class organization Karlin
1 Th 1 / 25 Elasticity Louie
2 Tu 1 / 30 Fundamentals of earthquake seismology Louie principles of technical illustration and Virtual Earthquake Lab from Geol 332
2 Th 2 / 1 Velocity structure of the earth Louie
3 Tu 2 / 6 Fundamentals of rock mechanics Louie Error Propagation and Earthquake Mechanisms
3 Th 2 / 8 Lithospheric deformation-brittle I Louie
4 Tu 2 / 13 Lithospheric deformation-brittle II Louie Brittle failure
4 Th 2 / 15 Lithospheric deformation Louie
5 Tu 2 / 20 Lithospheric structure and composition Louie Shear-box experiments
5 Th 2 / 22 Fundamentals of paleomagnetism and geomagnetism Karlin
6 Tu 2 / 27 Sea floor magnetic anomalies and seafloor spreading; The magnetic reversal time scale and magnetostratigraphy Karlin Contouring/potential fields
6 Th 3 / 1 Oceanic ridges and continental rifts Karlin
7 Tu 3 / 6 Transform faults and Fracture zones Karlin plate tectonics
7 Th 3 / 8 Subduction zones Karlin
8 Tu 3 / 13 Modelling relative and absolute plate motions Louie geodesy/plate motions/midterm I
8 Th 3 / 15 Triple junctions and Hotspots Louie
9 Tu 3 / 20 Spring break

9 Th 3 / 22 Spring break

10 Tu 3 / 27 The plate tectonics paradigm and triple junction migration animations K/L 2d/3d visualization, Personal project startup
10 Th 3 / 29 Mendocino Triple Junction geology Louie
11 Tu 4 / 3 Volcanic island arcs and marginal seas Karlin Triple junctions
11 Th 4 / 5 Mountain ranges I - Ocean-continent collisions - Oceanic plateaus K/L
12 Tu 4 / 10 Mountain ranges II - Continent-continent collisions - Arc-continent collisions and suspect terranes Louie Intergrating geology/geophysics to interpret crustal structure
12 Th 4 / 12 New Zealand Hikurangi example Louie
13 Tu 4 / 17 Continental breakup K/L Geophysical work and demos
13 Th 4 / 19 The Wilson cycle and basin formation Karlin
14 Tu 4 / 24 Driving mechanisms of plate tectonics I Louie Interpreting gravity maps
14 Th 4 / 26 Driving mechanisms of plate tectonics II Louie
15 Tu 5 / 1 History of the earth- Part I - Cenozoic and Mesozoic K/L Interpreting magnetic maps
15 Th 5 / 3 History of the earth- Part II - Paleozoic and PreCambrian K/L
16 Tu 5 / 8 Plate tectonics and natural resources
Personal project synthesis

Th 5 / 10 FINAL EXAM 2:00-4:00 P.M. LMR 353

Office Hours

By Appointment
Bob Karlin: 257 LMR, 784-1770, karlin@mines.unr.edu
John Louie: 217 LME, 784-4219, louie@seismo.unr.edu

Text

Kearey, P., and Vine, F. J., Global Tectonics, 2nd edition, Blackwell Science, 333 pp., 1996.

Class Organization

Since an understanding of fundamental principles requires active play and practice, a lab session is held every week on Tuesdays from 1:30-4:30 in LMR 353. Andy Ten Brink (tenbrink@unr.nevada.edu) is the TA for the lab sessions. Formal examinations will consist of the first midterm and a comprehensive final. The second midterm may be given if circumstances warrant.

Grading

Lab exercises:		40%
Midterms		30%
Final exam		30%

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