Module GL3328: Structural Geology
|Co-ordinator:||Dr David Chew|
Theory examination (50%); in-course assessment (50%)
GL2205 and GL2206
Contact hours & timing:
|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.
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.
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.