Modern Active Tectonics
10:15 - 11:45, room 116 Luisenstr. 37
Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:45, room 116
(lectures and seminar part, most likely from October to December only)
Exercises will be held in the field, in Spain, just before the start of
the 1st year field mapping course, plus one day ahead of departure spent
in a computer lab
(all details will be discussed during first day of class)
first day of class: 17.10.2016
Office hours: none. If you have questions on the class material,
please ask them in class, which is the place for all such questions.
If you have questions on background knowledge, pick up appropriate
books in the library and read them on your own, or ask classmates to
help you. If your question is about organizational issues that involve
only yourself (i.e. they are of no interest to the rest of the class),
17.10. (first day of class) I will distribute the syllabus,
and go over all organizational issues, including final exam
and field exercise. Please
make sure to be present, if you think you may want to take this
course. Late-comers will not be able to have any input in the
organization of the course, all decisions will be made on the first
Using cellphones, laptops, cameras or
audio/video recorders in class is in general not permitted,
unless you have a certificate for a specific disability that states
exactly what device/s you are allowed to use and under what
circumstances (no generic "suitable aids" from a GP, it needs to say
which specific devices and for doing what, and the certificate needs
to be from a specialist for your condition, issued no more than one
year ago). Temporary disability (e.g. you broke your hand and are
therefore unable to write for x weeks) needs a certificate that has an
expiration date on it (e.g. "Mr. Smith cannot use his right hand until
May 15th, and in the meantime should be allowed to use a recorder").
Any recordings made under such conditions cannot be distributed to
anyone else in any form, including to your own classmates.
If occasionally computer access is needed for class-related purposes
(e.g. presentations), I will inform you.
In all other cases, if I notice you handling electronic devices, I
will ask you to leave the room for the rest of that day. If you have
something urgent to tell someone, leave the room and make a call.
Other than personal note-taking by hand writing, any form of recording
in this class is not permitted. Typing notes on laptops is
specifically not allowed, due to both the noise produced by tapping on
keys, and the temptation of checking email and surfing the web.
Before you show
up for class, please make sure
that you are proficient in the basics of structural geology and
tectonics as taught in Bachelor-level courses. In general, I
expect that you know and can apply all the concepts and techniques
illustrated in Davis & Reynolds, Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions, chapters
– 10 and all appendices included. In particular, you may want to
refresh topics related to fractures, faults (i.e. brittle regime),
stress, and strain. These concepts will not be repeated in class, at
best they may be briefly mentioned in the context of other topics, but
they are the foundation on which this course is built and they can be
part of your exam.
This course is not a walk in the park. If you have large "black holes"
in your background, they will cascade into inability to follow the
course from the beginning, falling further and further behind, and
final exam failure. This is true for all other first semester courses
as well. The Master program is only two years: there is no time built
into it to make up for things you did not learn earlier on.
Some of the files may require a password, which will be supplied
on the first day of class if necessary.
Papers to read:
Davis et al. 1983
King et al. 1994
Hubert-Ferrari et al. 2000
papers may be added to this list later in the semester, depending
also on how many students sign up for the course. These four are
the papers that we will definitely read.