Course ObjectiveThis course invites students to explore beyond classic plate tectonics,
to assess different regional structural geologic settings, and to learn
practical skills in structural geology
Course ContentRegional structural geology will focus on integrating different scales
in various structural geological settings. We will explore the coupling
between lithospheric processes, mantle dynamics, topographic expression
and its structural expression at the various scales, focussing on the
analysis of extensional, compressional, as well as strike slip settings
in a number regional examples from around the world. The main course
content are summarised as follows: extension modes, extensional
settings, rifting modes, core complexes, passive margins, ocean ridge
dynamics, metamorphosis, ophiolites, compressional settings, subduction
settings, backarc settings, rollback, accretionary wedges, orogens,
foreland fold and thrust-belts.
Teaching MethodsThis intensive course is designed as a combination of different learning
activities to help students learn the key concepts and skills required
for structural geology and tectonics, through an introduction to the key
questions, lectures, class exercises and reading assignments of selected
primary literature on specific regional examples.
Method of AssessmentFinal written exam (E): 70%
Student presentations (Pres), practicals (Prac) and/or assignments (A):
Class participation: 10%
It is not possible to compensate one component with another.
Entry RequirementsTektoniek, Structurele Geologie A and B
- Structural Geology, by Haakon Fossen (2016), 2nd Edition. Cambridge
- Earth Structure, An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics,
Ben van der Pluijm and Stephen Marshak. WW Norton & Company, Second
Edition, 2004, ISBN 0-393-92467-
Links to primary and additional literature will be placed on Canvas.
Additional InformationRegional structural geology focusses on integrating different scales in
various structural geological settings, exploring the interplay between
lithospheric processes, mantle dynamics, topographic expression and
their structural representation from the scale of orogens, basins,
outcrops to micro-scale.
Recommended background knowledgeVeldpracticum Geologie en Geochemie (Betics)
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||dr. R.J.G. Kaandorp|
|Examiner||dr. R.J.G. Kaandorp|
You need to register for this course yourself
Last-minute registration is available for this course.
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Practical|