Structural Geology

University of Glasgow

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Structural Geology

  • Host University

    University of Glasgow

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Earth Science Level 2

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Scotcat Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    2.5 - 3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 5
  • Overview

    Short Description
    The geometries, kinematics, mechanics and mechanisms of deformed rocks.

    Course Aims
    This course examines the geometries, kinematics, mechanics and mechanisms of deformed rocks. We will use advanced geometrical and mechanical analysis to solve problems in rock deformation. A one-day field class allows us to examine these problems and apply these techniques to real world problems.

    Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
    1. use a Mohr's circle diagram and Mohr-Coulomb failure Criterion to illustrate if a given fracture surface will fail at a given state of stress in wet and dry rocks

    1. discuss the growth of faults as individual faults or fault networks, and the influence of fault linkage structures (relay ramps) and displacement-length scaling.

    1. define the term growth fault and discuss the terminology associated with growth faults and sedimentation: accommodation space, pre-rift, syn-rift, post-rift

    1. describe deformation mechanisms active in fault and shear zones from hand specimens and thin sections from various structural levels in the crust and discuss the controls on active deformation mechanisms

    1. use shear sense indicators to show the sense of slip on faults and shear zones

    1. demonstrate the difference between coaxial and noncoaxial strain, finite vs infinitesimal strain, pure shear and simple shear

    1. critically analyse the assumptions necessary to perform area and line length balancing and use these methods to test the validity of cross section and to estimate shortening/extension

    1. plot planes and lines on a stereonet, and use stereonets to solve geometrical problems.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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