EaES 448

Plate Tectonics

Instructor: Stein
Components: lectures, homework, paper
Prerequisite: Math 180, and either Phys 102 or 142, or consent of the instructor
Timing: fall semesters
Frequency: alternate years
Credits: 4 credit hours

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts and recent developments of plate tectonics. Topics covered include plate kinematics, marine magnetics and paleomagnetics, evolution of oceanic lithosphere, transform faults, subduction zones, passive margins, hot spots, and present-day deformation. In addition, a written term paper with an oral presentation is required. The currently used textbook is "Global Tectonics" (Kearey and Vine).