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