- Code EMSC2022
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Earth Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Meghan Miller
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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Geophysics is crucial in our understanding of Earth's history, structure and physical conditions. This course will provide a practical introduction to Global Geophysics with an emphasis on Earth's internal and surface processes. Global Geophysics will bring together the structure and dynamics of the Earth in terms of processes varying on scales from the microscopic to the whole planet. Topics will include; plate tectonic theory, earthquakes, seismic waves, heat transport, mantle convection, magnetic and gravity fields, deep Earth structure, geophysical data analysis, and deformation of the solid Earth.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the broad-scale structure of the whole Earth.
- Explain a range of geophysical processes that act from the Earth’s deep interior to surface.
- Discuss how seismic waves travel through the Earth and compare how they are transmitted, reflected and refracted.
- Appraise the theory of plate tectonics and explain its foundation in geophysical observations.
- Explain the basic configurations of plate tectonic boundaries and their development through time.
- Analyse geophysical data to reconstruct large-scale geological processes.
- Communicate the ideas underlying geophysical processes in an effective and accessible way.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Three end of module practical assignments (20% each) LO 1-6
- Student Poster Conference (40%) LO 1-7
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Workload65 contact hours, comprising up to 2 hours per week of lectures, a 3-hour practical per week and a half-day student conference. Students will be required to undertake 1-2 hours of reading per week and 1-2 hours of preparation for each practical.
Understanding Earth by Grotzinger and Jordan
The Solid Earth: An Introduction to Global Geophysics by Fowler
Fundamentals of Geophysics by Lowrie
Earthquakes: Science and Society by Brumbaugh
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in this course are recommended to have completed both EMSC1008 (EARTH: The Chemistry and Physics of our Planet) and EMSC1006 (The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science).
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