- Code EMSC6122
- 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, Science, Earth Physics, Geology
This course has been adjusted for remote participants however attendance at on-campus activities is preferable.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the broad-scale structure of the whole Earth;
- Critically analyse a range of geophysical processes that act from the Earth’s deep interior to surface;
- Demonstrate and advanced understanding of how waves travel through the Earth and compare how theyare transmitted, reflected and refracted;
- Evaluate the theory of plate tectonics and explain its foundation in geophysical observations;
- Explain the 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.
- 3 end of module practical assignments (60) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
- Presentation of a poster at a student conference (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 2 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour practical per week.
- 1/2 day student conference.
- Approximately 60 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, practicals and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
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
Students enrolling in this course are recommended to have completed both EMSC6008 (EARTH: The Chemistry and Physics of our Planet) and EMSC6107 (The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science).
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