Undergraduate course

Advanced Structural Geology

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides advanced theoretical aspects of rock deformation and covers in detail the geometric and kinematic analysis of important macro-, meso- and microscale structures. The course includes both a lecturing and a laboratory part. The principal course components include advanced aspects of stress and strain theory, rheology, brittle and plastic deformation processes, DPTt-path and balancing, as well as advanced aspects of contractional, extensional and strike-slip regimes.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course GEOV251 a students should be able to:

- Quantitatively describe stress and strain

- Quantitatively describe conditions for brittle and viscous failure

- Quantitatively describe and understand rheology of the lithosphere

- Describe normal, reverse, and strike slip fault regimes and associated structures

- Plot and understand geometrical relationships between primary structural features (faults, folds, lineations, tension fractures)

- Describe and characterise a wide range of geological structures from the micro to the mesoscale;

- Unravel complex deformation histories

- Reconstruct DPTt-path

- Provide a solid understanding of brittle and plastic deformation processes

- Describe and understand basic principles of balanced structural section construction

Required Previous Knowledge

Principals of structural geology

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Student adviser, Department of Earth Science, e-mail: studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    27.11.2017, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline