Geology 311: Structural Geology


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"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice."

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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; smarshak@uiuc.edu; 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

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Sept       1     Mon                   Labor Day / NO CLASS

                3     Wed                   Topic 1

                5     Fri                      Topic 2 / QUIZ A

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                8     Mon                   Topic 2

               10    Wed                   Topic 2

               12    Fri                      Topic 2

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               15    Mon                   Topic 2

               17    Wed                   Topic 3 / QUIZ B

               19    Fri                      Topic 3

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               22    Mon                   Topic 3

               24    Wed                   Topic 4

               26    Fri                      Topic 5 / WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #1 IS DUE

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               29    Mon                   Topic 5

Oct         1     Wed                   Topic 5

                3     Fri                      Topic 6 / QUIZ C

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                6     Mon                   Topic 6

                8     Wed                   Topic 7

               10    Fri                      FIELD TRIP

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               13    Mon                   Topic 7

               15    Wed                   Topic 7

               17    Fri                      EXAM I (through Topic 6) / SM in Ohio

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               20    Mon                   Topic 8

               22    Wed                   Topic 8 / WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #2 IS DUE

               24    Fri                      Topic 9 / QUIZ D

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               27    Mon                   Topic 9

               29    Wed                   Topic 9

               31    Fri                      Topic 10 / SM in Seattle

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Nov        3     Mon                   Topic 10 / SM in Seattle

                5     Wed                   Topic 11

                7     Fri                      Topic 11 / QUIZ E

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               10    Mon                   Topic 12  / REWRITE OF ASSIGNMENT #2 IS DUE

               12    Wed                   Topic 12

               14    Fri                      Library usage and geologic referencing / SM in Virginia

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               17    Mon                   Topic 12

               19    Wed                   Topic 13

               21    Fri                      EXAM II (through Topic 12)

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               24    Mon                   NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

               26    Wed                   NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

               28    Fri                      NO CLASS (THANKSGIVING)

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Dec         1     Mon                   Topic 13

                3     Wed                   Topic 13

                5     Fri                      Topic 13 / WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #3 IS DUE

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                8     Mon                   Topic 13

               10    Wed                   Topic 14 / Quiz G

               12    Fri                      Topic 14 / LAST DAY OF CLASS

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                 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.

Disability Accommodation

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.


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