Learning outcomes of the course unit
To introduce students to geological and geophysical aspects of forces shaping the oceanic regions,
To present plate tectonics as an unifying theory to explain the geological processes
To examine the major geological features associated with submarine environment
Knowledges of Structural Geology, Tectonics, Geophysics and Stratigraphy
Course contents summary
Introduction, Morphology of the continents and oceans, Internal structure of the Earth, Plate Tectonics, Genesis and evolution of the oceanic crust, Rifting processes, Genesis and evolution of the passive margins, Genesis and evolution of the active margins, Strike-slip motion and final remarks
Kearey and Vine, Tettonica Globale. Zanichelli (1994).
Moores and Twiss, Tectonics, Freeman & Company, NY (1995).
Open University Team, The Ocean Basins: Their structure and evolution, 2nd edition , Uk (1998).
Fowler, The Solid Earth: An introduction to global geophysics, Cambridge University Press, Uk (1990).
The course consists of oral lectures, practicals and homeworks concerning Global Tectonics and analysis of major morpho-structural environments occurring in oceanic area
Assessment methods and criteria
The final grading will be based on oral exam, participation, practicals, homework and student paper presentation