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List of Topics
# Topic Related Reading
1 Primary and nontectonic structures ES 2-11; ES 12-34
2 Force and Stress ES 35-51
3 Deformation and strain ES 52-77; (Means 130-150)
4 Rock rheology ES 78-96 ; M&M 193-212
5 Brittle deformation processes ES 97-120
6 Joints and veins ES 121-144
7 Faults and faulting ES 145-177
8 Ductile deformation processes ES 178-206
9 Folds and folding / F-T belts ES 207-238; ES Ch. 17
10 Foliations and lineations ES 239-260; M&M 238-246
11 Shear zones ES 262-281; M&M 226-238
12 Field Structural Analysis relevant material in M&M
13 Tectonic Settings ES 323-342; ES 343-365; ES 388-403
14 Structural Provinces of the USA - - - - -
ES = van der Pluijm, B.A., and Marshak, S., 1997, Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics.
M&M = Marshak, S. and Mitra, G., 1988, Basic Methods of Structural Geology.
Means = Means, W.D., 1976, Stress and Strain: Basic Concepts of Continuum Mechanics for Geologists.
You will find that the readings contain material that I do not have time to cover in lecture. Readings in Means (on reserve) will greatly help to clarify the concept of stress.
Lectures: M, W, and F at 10:00, in Room 258 NHB.
Instructor: Dr. Stephen Marshak (253A NHB; email@example.com; 333-7705)
Lecture Exams: There are two hourly exams during class. The course concludes with a comprehensive final exam at the end of the semester.
Quizzes There will be frequent short quizzes designed to make sure that everyone is keeping up with the material. This incentive really helps students understand the subjects as we go.
Laboratory: Wed. 2-5 or Thur. 2-5 in Room 251 NHB. There are weekly written assignments for the lab. Lab content is independent of lecture content — the lab focuses on practical methods while the lecture focuses on concepts. There is one laboratory practical exam during the lab period, and there are weekly quizzes.
Field Trip: The course requires a field trip to Wisconsin and Michigan. We leave Thursday, October 9 at noon and return late Sunday night (October 12). The trip will cost students $98 (plus road food). This fee must be paid to Shelley (Room 249 NHB) at least 7 days before the departure of the trip. University insurance rules require that all students ride in University-owned vehicles and, unfortunately, these are expensive. Observation of structures in the field is an essential part of learning structural geology.
Writing: There will be three brief written assignments to help you gain experience writing in the standard style used by geologists.
Photo Study: You will be asked to provide brief descriptions or sketches of assigned photos.
Grading: Lecture 55% (of this, Exam 1 = 17%; Exam II = 17%; Quizzes = 16%; Writing = 10%; Final = 40%)
Lab 45% (see lab syllabus for score breakdown)
Office Hours: Room 253 or 301 NHB (look in 253 first)
• Wed. 11-12 a.m.
• Thur. 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
• or, by appointment
Books on Reserve:
Davis, G.H., and Reynolds, S.J., 1996, Structural Geology of Rocks and Regions, 2nd edition
Means, W.D., 1976, Stress and Strain: Springer-Verlag, New York, 339p.
Suppe, J., 1985, Principles of Structural Geology: Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 537p.
Park, R.G., 1988, Geological structures and moving plates: Blackie, Glasgow, 337 p.
Twiss, R., and Moores, E., 1992, Structural Geology, Freeman.
Marshak and Mitra, 1988, Basic Methods of Structural Geology, Prentice-Hall
van der Pluijm and Marshak, 1997, Earth Structure: An Introduction to Structural Geology and Tectonics:
Aug 27 Wed FIRST DAY OF CLASS / Introduction / Topic 1
29 Fri Topic 1
Sept 1 Mon Labor Day / NO CLASS
3 Wed Topic 1
5 Fri Topic 2 / QUIZ A
8 Mon Topic 2
10 Wed Topic 2
12 Fri Topic 2
15 Mon Topic 2
17 Wed Topic 3 / QUIZ B
19 Fri Topic 3
22 Mon Topic 3
24 Wed Topic 4
26 Fri Topic 5 / WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #1 IS DUE
29 Mon Topic 5
Oct 1 Wed Topic 5
3 Fri Topic 6 / QUIZ C
6 Mon Topic 6
8 Wed Topic 7
10 Fri FIELD TRIP
13 Mon Topic 7
15 Wed Topic 7
17 Fri EXAM I (through Topic 6) / SM in Ohio
20 Mon Topic 8
22 Wed Topic 8 / WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #2 IS DUE
24 Fri Topic 9 / QUIZ D
27 Mon Topic 9
29 Wed Topic 9
31 Fri Topic 10 / SM in Seattle
Nov 3 Mon Topic 10 / SM in Seattle
5 Wed Topic 11
7 Fri Topic 11 / QUIZ E
10 Mon Topic 12 / REWRITE OF ASSIGNMENT #2 IS DUE
12 Wed Topic 12
14 Fri Library usage and geologic referencing / SM in Virginia
17 Mon Topic 12
19 Wed Topic 13
21 Fri EXAM II (through Topic 12)
24 Mon NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)
26 Wed NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)
28 Fri NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)
Dec 1 Mon Topic 13
3 Wed Topic 13
5 Fri Topic 13 / WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #3 IS DUE
8 Mon Topic 13
10 Wed Topic 14 / Quiz G
12 Fri Topic 14 / LAST DAY OF CLASS
17 Wed FINAL EXAM (8 - 11 a.m.)
Written Assignment #1 • An outline of an assigned paper from the primary literature.
• A 140- to 180-word abstract, based on the assigned paper.
Written Assignment #2 • A 1- to 1.5-page outcrop description, based on a field-trip stop, plus an outcrop drawing.
• If needed, prepare a rewrite and redraft of the above.
Written Assignment #3 • A GeoRef search for an assigned topic.
• A list of 8 references found in the search (2 GSA style; 2 AGU; 2 EPSL; 2 Tectonphys.)
• Brief answers to questions posed on the topic.
To obtain appropriate accommodation, students with disabilities (physical or learning) must contact the Division of Rehabilitation-Education Services (DRES) at 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign (Tel: 333-4602. DRES provides a form that the student delivers to the instructor explaining what accommodation is needed. No accommodation can be made without this form.
Please report any problems to Steve Hurst