Undergraduate Course: Structural Geology (EASC09002)
|School||School of Geosciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Structural Geology is concerned with characterising and understanding deformation of the lithosphere.
This comprehensive course aims to cover all relevant aspects of rock deformation from the driving forces of rock deformation to the emergence of small- to large scale structures across all crustal levels. It will relate to field areas the students have already visited and train how to recognise structures and interpret structural data in terms of the tectonic setting in which the deformation occurred. The interpretation aspect depends crucially on recognising deformation mechanisms that occur on different scales, and understanding how these processes are controlled (primarily) by pressure-temperature conditions within the lithosphere, and thus the rheology of the rocks at the time they were deformed. We will also be concerned with sub-surface structural extrapolation, quantifying the amount of deformation that has occurred, and understanding the growth of geological structures. The course finds an optional extension in the Kinlochleven structural mapping exercise in Semester 2.
Setting the Scene
Rock Deformation Processes 1
Rock Deformation Processes 2
Strain Localisation Across the Crust 1
Strain Localisation Across the Crust 2
Information for Visiting Students
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate stress as a driving force of rock deformation
- Predict rock behaviour at a variety of boundary conditions
- Evaluate rock deformation on the microscale
- Recognise and describe deformation in rock hand specimens
- Analyse large-scale deformation structures and derive the tectonic history of an area
|There is no specific textbook for the course, most reasonably comprehensive textbooks cover the subject sufficiently. A number of textbooks will be highlighted in the first lecture. Additional reading material will be made available on LEARN.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Lectures Mondays at 10:00-12:00, Weeks 1-11.
Laboratory session on Thursday at 09.00 - 10.00, Weeks 1-11.
Tutorial Thursdays at 10.00 - 11.00, Weeks 1-11.
|Keywords||Structural_Geology,Rock deformation,Tectonics,Microstructures,Material Science
|Course organiser||Dr Florian Fusseis
Tel: (0131 6)50 6755
|Course secretary||Ms Casey Hollway
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510