ES3102 Global Tectonics

The word ‘tectonics’ refers to the myriad of processes that have progressively shaped, and continue to shape, Earth’s solid surface and interior. Tectonic processes are fundamentally about motion: rocks move from one place to another as part of a rigid plate, or are squeezed like toothpaste in a collision zone, or erode from regions of uplift and are deposited as sediments in regions of subsidence, or rise towards the surface from regions of mantle melting. The integration of these motions over time has produced the highly complex crust of Earth that we observed today. The course will cover global-scale tectonic processes and systems, with a focus on active tectonic environments where rich observational data can be mined for a better understanding of processes. Students will develop fluency with tectonic elements and processes through readings of seminal papers, interactive lectures and in-class discussions, and computational laboratory exercises, based on real-world data. Each student will adopt a different active tectonic region of Earth and will progressively develop a deep understanding of its origin, evolution, and tectonic environments, culminating in final report and presentation.

No of AUs: 3 AU

Semester: Semester 1

Pre-Requisites: ES2802, ES2001, ES2002, ES2004

Course OBTL

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Course Instructor: Dr Kyle Bradley

Office Location: N2-01c-75