University of South Dakota
Meetings: MW 1:00-1:50; F 12:00-1:50 Akeley-Lawrence Science Center
Course Overview: This is a course in structural geology and plate tectonics. Structural geology is one of the fundamental sub-disciplines in the earth sciences, and has bearing on many others. Structural geology involves the characterization of deformational features in rocks, and the interpretation of the processes responsible for deformation. The study of structural geology is central to unraveling the past tectonic history of the earth. Structural geology is also important in understanding earthquake risks. The occurrence and form of geologic structures is also important in exploration for geologic resources, including hydrocarbon deposits, ore deposits, and even ground water.