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Global dynamics and crustal evolution (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Louis Moresi

Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit covers the planetary scale structure and dynamics of the Earth, and the fundamental processes which create 'geology' as a natural consequence of Earth evolution. The unit will provide an understanding of the subtel interplay between Earth structure, planetary cooling, geomagnetism, mantle convection, plate tectonics, continental drift, heat flow, earthquakes, melt generation etc, and the diverse measurements/ models needed to gain this understanding including seismicity, seismic tomography, gravity, changing sea level, post-glacial rebound etc. It will concentrate on an integrated, quantitative, model-based approach to the geosciences.

Assessment: Practicals: 20% + Assignment: 20% + Examination (3 hours): 60%

Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week

Prohibitions: GPS3011, GPS3022, GPS3212

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