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Global Tectonics


Module description

This module aims to provide a global understanding of causes and consequences of present and past plate tectonic and associated geodynamic processes.

Indicative module content

  • The internal structure of the Earth and its outer shell
  • Elements of plate tectonic theory. What are plates? How do they move?
  • Models for direction, magnitudes and rates of plate motion
  • Mineral composition and thermo-mechanical influences on global tectonics
  • How do plates and plate margins evolve through time?
  • Subduction zone processes extension and rifting
  • Global tectonics and sedimentary basin development
  • Reconstructing plate collision histories and the development of large orogens