cod. 1005867

Academic year 2015/16
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Geologia stratigrafica e sedimentologica (GEO/02)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
52 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

- To introduce the students to geological and geophysical aspects of forces shaping the Earth surface.
- To present plate tectonics as an unifying theory explaining the geological processes.
-To examine the major geological processes associated with the principal tectonic features of the Earth


Basic Knowledges of Structural Geology, Tectonics, Geophysics and

Course unit content

- Overview
- Earth Morphology
- Geophysical Techniques in Tectonics
- Earth Interior and Plate Tectonics
- Divergent Margins and Rifting
- Convergent Margins
- Collisional Processes
- Anatomy of Orogenic Belts
- Case Studies of Orogenic Belts

Full programme

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Text Books
-Tettonica Globale, P. Keary & F. J. Vine , Zanichelli, 1994.
- Global Tectonics, P. Keary, A. Klepeis F. & J. Vine, Wiley, (Third Edition) 2009.

Reference Books
- La Tettonica delle Placche, Cox & Hart, Zanichelli, 1990.
-Tectonics, E. Moores & R.J. Twiss, Freeman & Company, NY, 1995.
- Earth Structure, B.A. Van der Pluijm & S. Marshak (2nd Ed.), Norton & Company, NY, 2004.

Additional Readings
-The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics, C.M.R. Fowler, Cambridge University Press, U.K., 1990.
-Earth as an evolving Planetary System, K.C. Condie, Elsevier Academic Press, UK, 2005.
-La Subduction Oceanique, S. Lallemand, Gordon & Breach Science Publishers, France, 1999.

Teaching methods

The course consists of oral lectures, practicals and homeworks
concerning Plate Tectonics and the analysis of major morpho-structural
environments occurring on the Earth surface.

Field Trips could be organized in cooperation with other undergraduated Courses

Assessment methods and criteria

The final grading will be based on oral exam, participation, practicals, homeworks and student presentation.
Oral exam : 60%, Partecipation: 10%, Practicals and Homeworks: 10%, PowerPoint presentation : 20%.

Other information

At the end of the course all the students will discuss a topic of global tectonics by PowerPoint presentation. The topic list will be defined by teacher.