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 American208(4), 86–100.

Cox, A., R. R. Doell, and G. B. Dalrymple (1964), Reversals of the Earth's Magnetic Field, Science144(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/subjects/geol90035