- 231 Geological Field
Methods (2nd sem)
With outdoor lab. Understanding and interpreting topographic
and geologic maps; using the Brunton compass and other surveying equipment;
making reconnaissance maps; applications to environmental problems;
describing rock units; measuring and correlating stratigraphic sections;
compiling and producing bedrock maps. Prerequisites: either GEO 101
or 103 or 105 and GEO 131.
Tectonics (alt 2nd sem)
Past and present mechanisms of global tectonics, including
mountain building, ocean-basin structure, continental drift, mantle
processes, continental evolution, structural geology and petrology of
Earth's crust, and the tectonic history of selected key regions of the
globe. Prerequisites: Geo 321, 431. Credit, 4.
- 331 / 539 Advanced Geological
Mapping (1st sem)
Complete series of operations required for publication
of a geological map: field location and drawing of contacts, collection
and interpretation of field notes, data reduction, drafting, and methods
of reproduction. Two afternoons per week in the field. Prerequisites:
Geo 321, 431 or equivalent training.
- 631 Brittle Fracture
Study of faults, dikes, joints, veins, solution surfaces,
and other fractures using field, analytical, and numerical techniques.
Principles of rock fracture mechanics used to analyze these features.
Applications of fracture analysis include: contribution of fractures
to the flow of fluids in the upper crust, evaluation of rock excavation
stability, and assessment of seismic hazards associated with active
faults. Prerequisite: Geo 431 or equivalent. Credit, 4.
- 633 Structural Geology
of Metamorphic Rocks (alt 1st sem)
Detailed structural analysis of deformed rocks with emphasis
on interpretation of structural features in the field. Graphical and
digital analysis of structural data. Class meets one full day per week
in the field. One or two key research areas in western New England investigated.
Prerequisite: Geo 431 or equivalent. Credit, 4.
- 673 Earth Physics (alt
Introduction to physics of the earth as determined from
seismological, heat flow, gravity, and paleomagnetic data and their
relationship to observed geological phenomena. Prerequisites: Geo 571
and consent of instructor
- 731 Strain and Fabric
Analysis (alt 2nd sem)
Strain measurement and analysis in the field and in the
laboratory. Deformation mechanisms of minerals and rocks. Interpretation
of macroscopic and microscopic fabric elements. Timing of deformation,
recovery, alteration, and metamorphism. Prerequisites: Geo 431 and calculus.
- 735 Seminar in Northern
Appalachian Geology (both sem)
Stratigraphy, structure, petrology, and geophysics of
Northern Appalachians and current research being conducted in the region.
Prerequisite: Geo 431 or equivalent. Credit, 1-3.
Structural Geology Seminar
Review and discussion of current literature in the fields
of structural geology and tectonics. Prerequisite: at least one graduate
course in structural geology. Credit, 1-3.