The course provides a comprehensive treatment of the geophysics of the Solid Earth.
Aims and Objectives
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Understand the geomagnetic field and the principles of palaeomagnetism as they apply to plate tectonics.
- Describe the limitations and simplifications of plate tectonic theory.
- Awareness of the research methods in use in various aspects of solid Earth geophysics.
- Comprehend the characteristics of active plate boundaries.
- Appreciate the principles of terrestrial heat flow.
- Understand the importance of seismology in determining the interior structure of the Earth.
- Understand the constraints on features around the core-mantle boundary.
- Ability to interpret first motion from seismograms and determine focal mechanisms.
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the concept of the lithosphere.
- Ability to interpret palaeomagnetic data in terms of large-scale plate motions.
- Determine earthquake parameters from teleseismic data.
- Understand and know how to apply elastic plate bending theory.
- Practical experience of the application of elastic plate bending theory and heat conduction equations.
- Understand the quantitative aspects of plate tectonics.
Topics include seismology, heat flow, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, with a particular focus on the geometry, kinematics and dynamics of plate motion. Simple models of lithosphere rheology are developed and applied to case studies.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Formal lectures: will provide the underlying theory to kinematics, dynamics, seismology, crustal seismics and heatflow. An outline of each lecture is provided prior to start of a lecture or on website/in manual. Each lecture systematically covers the main concepts and topics. Where relevant, lecturers' own research experience in the appropriate fields is brought into the lecturing sessions. References to the applicable chapter of course text and/or other relevant journal articles are provided as essential reading for each lecture.
Practical classes: will exemplify the theory and develop your practical skills in the analysis of plate kinematic and geodynamic data.
A wide range of support can be provided for those students who have further or specific learning and teaching needs.
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.