GEOL 345 (4 credits)
2 lectures per week: TR 9.30-10.45am / 1 lab per week: W 1:30-4:20pm
Department of Geological Sciences
Office: McClure 303B
Office Hours: Mondays (3.00-4.30 pm)
This course examines the fundamental concepts of deformation of the lithosphere. Due to the mobile nature of the Earth's lithosphere, rocks are invariably deformed, showing evidence of the effects of large stresses at all scales, from submicroscopic to regional. A long geologic history on Earth has resulted in many regions showing the cumulative effects of multiple deformation events. It is therefore important to be able to distinguish different geologic structures, describe them fully, understand how they formed, and place them in the context of a broader geologic history. There are few aspects of geology that are not directly impacted by the effects of deformation. This course will provide you with a framework to integrate an understanding of structural geology into all aspects of geologic study.
Prescribed Course Materials:
Textbook: Structural Geology (Haakon Fossen). Available in the UI bookstore.
Textbook: Structural Analysis and Synthesis - 3rd Ed. (Stephen M. Rowland, Ernest M. Duebendorfer, and Ilsa M. Schiefelbein). Available in the UI bookstore.
Supplementary Course Materials
Teaching Assistant Information
The teaching assistants for this class are Amy McMillin (email firstname.lastname@example.org and Matt Pendleton (email email@example.com. Their office hours are 10.30-11.30am (Matt) and 11.30am - 12.30pm (Amy), in Mines 218. Their research office is in McClure 429; however, this location may not be used to ask course related questions (which must be done by appointment or during office hours), only for handing in materials.
Mandatory Field Trip
There will be a mandatory field trip to the Lake Mead region of Nevada in mid-April. We will depart early on Monday, April 16th (exact arrangements to be discussed in class) and will return very late on Saturday, April 21st. We will be camping at the Echo Bay campground, on the north shore of Lake Mead. Please be sure to arrange your own camping equipment. People should be sharing tents wherever possible to lessen the amount of equipment we will need to take with us. Breakfast and dinner will be prepared in camp (cooking equipment will be available). Lunches will be prepared each morning in camp and taken with us in the field (we will not return to camp until the evening).
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