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ESC2111

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jeffrey Stilwell

Synopsis

An integrated understanding of processes that build and modify the Earth's crust. This unit uses the broad framework of plate tectonics to define the nature of all major geological environments and processes. The unit deals with where and how mountain belts form, an introduction to describing structures and their significance, and where and how sedimentary basins form. It also covers sedimentation and understanding the evolution of the atmosphere through time, changes in climate and hence palaeobiology in a plate tectonic context.

Objectives

On completion of this unit, students will be able: to relate geological processes to global tectonic settings and to provide a broad integrated overview of crustal processes on planet Earth; to understand global volcanism and how volcanic rocks constrain past tectonic regimes; to understand mountain-building processes, and to be able to use the products of tectonics (metamorphosed and deformed rocks) to decipher tectonic processes; to understand earthquakes and deep earth structure; to understand basin evolution and the sedimentological and palaeontological record of basins.

Assessment

Two closed book examinations (2 hours each): 50%
Practical examination: 10%
Practical/fieldwork: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jeffrey Stilwell

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures, two hours of practical/tutorial classes per week and two 2-day field trips

Prerequisites

ESC1011 and ESC1022 or permission of head

Prohibitions

ESC2011