The module comprises three parts:
- The first introduces students to modern plate tectonic theory and our understanding of plate tectonic processes based on earthquake data, tomography, gravity and magnetics.
- The second part of the module applies that to different tectonic settings and examines how our understanding of the mechanical properties of plates can be applied to understanding deformation, subsidence and heat flow.
- The third part examines different terranes through the interpretation of remote sensed imagery and includes training in the use of GIS systems as a tool for such interpretation, as well as the broader use of GIS systems in compiling geological databases.
One two-hour unseen written paper (80%) and one or more individual coursework exercises (20%).