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GS 110 Structural Geology and Tectonics

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GEOLSCI 110 Our Dynamic West: Practical methods in the geological sciences and an introduction to how the Earth deforms

Spring Quarter 2022, 4 credits, E. Miller, instructor
Tues and Thurs 9:45-11:15 Lab Weds. 1:30-4:30
Plus a few required field trips

California IS DEFORMING BENEATH YOUR FEET - want to learn more about it?

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Topographical Map of Maverick's Beach, HMB
Folding offshore Half Moon Bay
Moss Beach
Folds in Pliocene strata exposed at Moss Beach

This class takes a look at modern landforms and active deformation taking place across the western states, how that deformation is portrayed by geologic maps and cross-sections and provides you with the tools and knowledge to begin charting, measuring, analyzing and interpreting that deformation. An understanding of what drives deformation at the plate tectonic and lithospheric scale is followed by the basic principles and practical techniques needed to measure, describe, analyze and interpret deformation-related structures on earth. Field and lab-based observations and measurements provide you with data and the context for further understanding the physics of folding and fracture in the brittle crust. The material covered will help you more clearly understand faulting, earthquake hazards and the geologic setting and structural controls on mineral resources, geothermal systems and hydrocarbons.

Practical experience includes hand-on methods of data collection and measurement in the field, data analysis and interpretation using theory and physical principles, and an introduction to the methods of making and reading geologic maps and construction of cross-sections.