Spring 2019 - EASC 317 D100

Global Geophysics (3)

Class Number: 2245

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    RCB 6101, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 11, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Andy Calvert
    acalvert@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-5511
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7415
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 207 with a grade of C- or better, or permission of instructor.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Application of geophysical methods to the study of the Earth's evolution and its interior structure: geometrical nature of plate tectonics on a sphere; the Earth's magnetic field and its use in reconstruction of past plate motions; earthquake seismology and understanding the deep interior, gravity and lithospheric flexure, radioactive decay and an absolute geological time scale; heat loss and mantle convection; structure of oceanic lithosphere; structure of continental lithosphere; the early Earth and the tectonics of other planets. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Description Application of geophysical methods to the study of the Earth and its interior structure: the geometrical nature of plate tectonics on a sphere; the Earth's magnetic field and its use in reconstruction of past plate motions; earthquake seismology and understanding the deep interior; gravity and lithospheric flexure; heat loss and mantle convection; the structure of oceanic lithosphere; continental lithosphere and its evolution.

Course Topics
·  Geometry of plate tectonics
·  Past plate motions
·  Earthquake seismology
·  Isostasy and gravity anomalies
·  Heat flow
·  Oceanic lithosphere
·  Continental lithosphere

Grading

  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Assignments 30%
  • Final Examination 45%

NOTES:

Course work will usually be problem sets, which will sometimes require the use of basic computer applications such as Excel.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Fowler, C.M.R., The Solid Earth, Cambridge University Press. 2004 2nd Edition
ISBN: 9780521893077

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