cod. 1005842

Academic year 2015/16
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Geologia strutturale (GEO/03)
Ambito geologico-paleontologico
Type of training activity
111 hours
of face-to-face activities
12 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

The students are expected to become able to:
- Identifying and describing the main deformation structures occurring in natural rocks;
- Analyzing their geometry and kinematics by stereographic projections;
- Placing deformation structures in the context of the main tectonic systems occurring on Earth;
- Having an introductory knowledge of some natural tectonic systems in contractional, extensional and strike-slip environments.


Basic geologic information acquired during the first year of the Course of Study.

Course unit content

1 – How rocks deform: stress, strain, deformation mechanisms and rheology;
2 – Brittle deformation structures: faults, joints, veins stylolites, fault-related folds;
3 – Ductile deformation structures: foliations and plastic folds;
4 – Geometric representation and statistical analysis of the orientation of linear and planar geological elements by stereographic projections;
5 – Extensional tectonics, passive and divergent margins;
6 – Contractional tectonics, passive margin inversion and convergent margins;
7 – Strike-slip tectonics and transform margins;
8 – Salt tectonics;
9 – Examples of natural tectonic systems.

Full programme

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1 - Earth Structure, second edition, Ben Van Der Pluijm and Stephen Marshak. Norton & Company, New York, 2004.

2 - Structural Geology of rocks and regions, third edition, George H. Davis, Stephen J. Reynolds and Charles F. Kluth, John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2012

Teaching methods

Lectures, classroom and field exercises

Assessment methods and criteria

The final evaluation results from:

1 - written test on the use of stereographic projections;
2 - written reports on the performed field activity;
3 – oral examination.

Other information

Four days will be spent in the field during the teaching period; one week of field work will be organized at the end of the classroom teaching activity.