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Active deformation is explored in this course, introducing the criteria by which active deformation can be identified and located. The emphasis is on the interaction between tectonic and other geomorphic processes in shaping the landscape and the way in which the nature of the underlying deformation can be identified and quantified from an analysis of topography.
This course explores the interactions between the tectonic activity that build topography and the surface processes that modify and destroy it. We will explore why the Earth’s surface has the shape that it does and how the nature of sub-surface deformation can be identified and quantified from an analysis of surface deposits and topography. The seminar-style first term will draw on the fields of structural geology, field mapping, seismology, geomorphology, geodesy, geophysics, and geochronological dating techniques to understand the origin and evolution of landscapes in New Zealand and beyond. In the second half of the term, we will use numerical models and GIS to interactively explore case studies in active tectonics. Assessment will be based on field mapping exercises and in-class assignments.
Students will be aware of the scope and state-of-the-art of tectonic geomorphologyStudents will be competent geomorphologic mappersStudents will gain experience quantifying geological concepts using computational models Students will gain experience using GIS in geomorphologyStudents will gain experience in project management and report writing
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Computer laboratory exercises and discussion2 one-day field trips (North and South Canterbury) in Terms 1 and 2, respectively.
North Canterbury Neotectonic Mapping - 25% - Term 1South Canterbury Neotectonic Mapping - 25% - Term 2Computer Laboratory Exercises - 50% - Once a week
Prerequisites: Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
Domestic fee $1,089.00
International Postgraduate fees
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.