NIGK19002U  Geodynamics

Volume 2019/2020
Education

MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Content

Earth’s surface features both horizontal and vertical motions such as those associated with plate tectonics and rebound of the crust. Several geological processes can be studied and understood within the context of these motions, which are surface expressions of viscous convection of Earth’s mantle. The course aims at presenting the ways in which the dynamics of both lithosphere and mantle operate. It starts with a review of the evidence of plate tectonics, and continues with a review of the constitutive equations of Earth’s mantle viscous convection and how important first-order features of the lithosphere can be drawn from simple handling of these equations. The course ends with a focus on the forces driving and resisting plate motions, and their relative importance.

Learning Outcome

 

LEARNING OUTCOME

Knowledge:

  • Evidence and description of Earth’s surface motions
  • Constitutive equations of viscous convection and their application
  • Dynamic and energy balance within Earth’s mantle/plates system
  • Evidence and description of glacial rebound phenomena
  • Balance of forces driving and resisting plate motions

 

Skills:

  • Handling and deriving quantitative predictions, as well as understanding real data sets, in the context of the Knowledge topics.

 

Competences:

  • Understanding important quantitative aspects of the dynamics of the coupled mantle/plates system
  • Linking observations of lithospheric motions to the geophysical framework of the mantle/plates dynamics

 

 

See Absalon

It is recommended that students have acquired skills corresponding to the compulsory courses of the BSc geology-geoscience or the geophysics-meteorology programs.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.
The form of teaching is lectures and exercises delivered to students, combined with substantial discussion in class. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester

Continuous feedback is provided to students during the course. This is based primarely on the exercise sessions, and is done in the form of a collective feedback to the group of students during class time, as well as individual feedback during meetings for questions.

Credit
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutter
Oral examination. The exam starts with the student drawing a topic for a question, and follows with questions based on the class lectures and the reading list.
Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Re-exam

Identical to the ordinary examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

See learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206