Tectonic and Magmatic Processes

Description

This course provides a theoretical and practical understanding, extensively informed by research being carried out in Birmingham and elsewhere, of the latest understanding of the processes of plate motion, continental extension and break-up, plate-boundary deformation, mantle melting, magma transport from mantle to crust and magma emplacement within the crust.  These processes are illustrated with case studies based on current research of tectonics and/or magmatic processes from mid-ocean ridges, subduction zones, continental margins and sedimentary basins, providing students with hands on experience of active research methods.  Emphasis is placed on the latest developments in joint interpretation of geophysical, geochemical and modelling datasets and in the understanding of the limitations of these data.

Delivery

  • Lectures and practical exercises

Assessment

  • 2 hour exam, main summer exam period (60%)
  • Practical exercises (40% total), covering aspects of the module