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Module GL3328: Structural Geology      

  Module GL3328
Co-ordinator: Dr David Chew
Course Type: Mandatory
Assessment:

Theory examination (50%); in-course assessment (50%)

ECTS: 5 credits
Prerequisites:

GL2205 and GL2206

Contact hours & timing:

Hilary Term
Weeks 21-26, nine hours per week

Module Learning Aims

This module aims to develop an understanding of structures in three dimensions by introducing the principal means of presenting structural data, namely maps, cross sections and stereographic projections.

Module Content

This module examines the geometries, kinematics and mechanics of rock deformation. It also deals practically with the representation of three-dimensional structural data using maps, cross-sections and stereographic projections.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • summarise the basics of rock rheology, the concepts of stress and strain, and the processes of brittle and ductile deformation;
  • classify and identify rock fabrics, faults, fractures and fault zone rocks and describe and classify folds;
  • be aware of the principal features of compressional, strike-slip and extensional tectonic systems;
  • be confident presenting and manipulating data using stereographic projection.