EART2234 Earth Processes

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit focuses on physical changes to rocks that have been subjected to deformation and/or metamorphism and the plate tectonic setting in which these changes occur. The main academic objectives of the unit are focused on understanding principles and processes of deformation from the atomic scale to the tectonic scale, and the description and interpretation of common geologic structures. The unit encompasses both theory and practical aspects of deformation and this knowledge is then used to interpret the history of complexly deformed terranes. Practical and applied examples of deformation and its tectonic setting are explored to consolidate understanding of rock formation and deformation and to highlight relationships between these processes.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of basic concepts in structural geology and tectonics and the links between them; (2) perform structural analyses using conventional techniques and interpret complex deformational histories from maps; and (3) demonstrate an understanding of geological processes that form and deform rocks and how geoscience data are used to interpret deformation history and associated events.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises and reports and (2) theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Myra Keep
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
EART1104 Introduction to Geology
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
Texts

A comprehensive reading list is given out at the start of the unit.

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