Location: Monash University/Field

Venue: TBA

This is a one week long course where students are taught to map out the structures and complex geometries within a series of multiply-deformed turbite sequence. The course teaches the concepts of key locality and provides strategies to correlate between key localities to produce consistent maps and cross-sections over outcrops at Bermagui Heads and Pt Dickinson in Bermagui in a structurally complex area within a poly-deformed terrane.

Structural geology is a vital aspect of geology because it helps our understanding of the 3D architecture of rock packages and how the rocks happened to be that way; in other words it gives insight into the deformation history.
The main aims of the course are:
(1) to develop a sound understanding of structural elements such as cleavages and fold axes, and learn how to use them to describe structures,
(2) to understand and apply a method to correlate between key localities to make a structural map,
(3) to develop and improve on reporting these observations in your notebook and ultimately make an interpreted map, and
(4) to develop 3D geological skills and understanding.

These aims will be achieved by mapping the poly-deformed headlands at Bermagui, on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales. This is quite a difficult exercise that will develop 3D understanding and visualisation in the field.

Cost of the course:  $400 for all enrolled students.  Industry participants:  please contact Dr Laurent Ailleres (laurent.ailleres@monash.edu).  This includes transport from/to Monash University Clayton campus to/from Bermagui, accommodation and meals while in Bermagui and tuition obviously.

The course will run February 13-20, 2017 inclusive.

Further course and assessment information can be found at:  https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2017/GEOL90027

Location: University of Melbourne
Venue: 2nd Floor Conference Room, McCoy Building

An introductory course to global geodynamics and seismology.

In this course you will gain a basic introduction to geodynamics and planetary physics. We will undertake an overview of the structure of all the solid planets of the solar system and the techniques used to probe their structure.

You will learn about the evolutionary processes within the solid planets and moons of the solar system which produce the wealth of distinctive "geology" observed in planetary missions. You will appreciate the ubiquitous nature of geological processes, and the distinctive expression of those processes on each planetary body. You will have a good understanding of the continuum mechanics of slow deformation and the rheology of rocks and ice under planetary conditions.

We will introduce the techniques of seismic imaging, and how to download information and begin the process of interpreting earthquake data.

Geodynamics relies on a basic understanding of physical processes and being able to make quantitative analyses of the observations. To avoid an intensely mathematical class, we will introduce simple modelling techniques using python and ipython notebooks to give a more intuitive grasp of the way the equations should be solved. The INP course is a prerequisite but this can be negotiated for anyone who has experience with programming, particularly with python.

This course will run from Monday 3rd April until Friday 7th April 2016 and will be held at The University of Melbourne, School of Earth Sciences, McCoy building in the 2nd floor conference room (near the lift doors in the foyer entry)  Please contact the course provider Professor Louis Moresi if you have any queries. 


You will need to bring your own laptop and we also ask you to install the docker software platform which we will use to distribute and run all course materials. 


We will be discussing these papers on the first day, please read them all before the class.

Heezen, B. C. (1960), The Rift in the Ocean Floor, Scientific American.

Wilson, J. T. (1963), Continental drift, Scientific American, 208(4), 86–100.

Cox, A., R. R. Doell, and G. B. Dalrymple (1964), Reversals of the Earth's Magnetic Field, Science, 144(3626), 1537–1543, doi:10.1126/science.144.3626.1537.

Isacks, B., J. Oliver, and L. R. Sykes (1968), Seismology and the new global tectonics, J. Geophys. Res., 73, 5855–5899.

Dewey, J. F. (1972), Plate tectonics, Sci. Amer., 226, 56-58

Oxburgh, E. R., and D. L

Professor Louis Moresi
   (w) +61 3 8344 1217 
   (m) +61 4 0333 1413

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2017/GEOL90035

Location: Monash University

Venue: G09, Building 28, School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, 9 Rainforest walk, VIC 3800, Monash University

The course is designed to provide practical experience in the processing of regional geophysical datasets for the purpose of undertaking geological interpretation. The course is designed to allow the student to go through step-by-step methodologies of processing data, interpretation techniques, and modelling of geophysical data.

Learning Outcomes: This course will develop skills to:

 Process regional geophysical datasets.

 Develop strategies to interpret geology from regional aeromagnetic and gravity data.

 Integrate geological data into the geophysical interpretation.

 Practical experience in geophysical interpretation.

 Develop skills in modelling geophysical data.

Course Content:

 Gridding of geophysical datasets.

 Processing of geophysical datasets

 Image enhancement techniques

 Interpretation strategies

 Practical interpretation

 Forward modelling of geophysical data

 Understanding the third dimension

The course will run:  20-24 Feb, 2017

Further course and assessment information can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2017/ERTH90033