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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 field of tectonic geomorphology through computer-based laboratory exercises and field mapping. We will investigate how the signatures of active faulting can be identified and quantified from an analysis of surface deposits and topography. Topics will draw on the fields of structural geology, field geology, seismology, geomorphology, geodesy, geophysics, and geochronological dating techniques to understand the origin and evolution of landscapes in New Zealand and global case studies. Assessment will be based on field mapping exercises and in-class assignments.
Students will be aware of the state-of-the-art of tectonic geomorphologyStudents will be competent neotectonic mappersStudents will gain experience quantifying geological concepts using computational models Students 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.
1 two-hour computer laboratory per week1 one-day field trip (South Canterbury) in Term 2
Burbank, Douglas West. , Anderson, Robert S;
J. Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Academic Press, 2009.
Domestic fee $1,101.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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.