GEO-3106 Tectonics - 10 ECTS
Bachelor's degree in geology, or a similar degree following a programme of study of at least three years, or similar education approved in accordance with the Norwegian Universities Act section 3-4. In addition, specialization in geology worth the equivalent of at least 80 ECTS credits is required. Normally, an average mark of C or better is required at the bachelor's degree level or other program for basis of admission.
Application code: 9371.
The student has
- knowledge of the basic principles of plate tectonics.
- knowledge of mantle dynamics and crustal rheology.
- understanding of oceanic and continental rift structures and rift margins in extensional settings.
- understanding of oceanic and continental transform margins.
- knowledge of orogenic belts and compressional geotectonic regimes.
- understanding of the criteria and evidence for Precambrian tectonics in Norway (Western Troms) and Fennoscandia.
The student can
- use seismic data and field analysis to interpret the onshore-offshore architecture and tectonic geomorphology of rifted continental margins, with examples from the North-Atlantic rifted margin in Norway (Lofoten-Vesterålen).
- analyze transform margins such as Svalbard, SW Barents Sea margin, and the San Andreas fault.
- analyze convergent margins such as Cordillera/Rocky Mountains and the India-Asia collision zone.
- use macro- and mesoscale structures, kinematic indicators, and slip-linear data to analyze ductile and brittle faults/shear zones in various tectonic regimes.
- describe and analyze Precambrian tectonic elements from field observations.
The student can
- carry out the most important elements of geological research projects: penetrating literature, carrying out field research, analyzing data, and communicating results to fellow students/scientists.
- use data and geological knowledge to determine geotectonic regimes of ancient rock units.
- solve tectonic problems analytically and prompt in written English and present research results orally in plenum.
- work independent and in a team.
4 hours written exam that counts 100 % of the final grade.
Grading scale: Letter grades A-F, where F is fail. There will be a re-sit examination for students that did not pass the previous ordinary examination.
Compulsory learning activities
Approval of training in health, safety, and environment prior to the field course and excursion. This includes the use of helmets, high-visibility safety vests etc., and the use of geological equipment (e.g., hammer, spade, scraper, magnifier) in the field.
Admittance to the exam requires approved exercises and field report.