GE 690 Tectonics of the Appalachian-Caledonian Orogen (S:3) Prerequisites: GE 285, 290, 526, 528
Upper level undergraduates and graduate students will explore the the tectonic evolution of the orogen. The most significant literature on the more than one billion year growth of the component terranes that now comprise this Circum-Atlantic mountain system will be reviewed and analyzed. Stratigraphic, structural, petrologic and related geophysical, geochemical, and paleontological parameters important for holistic tectonic reconstructions will be emphasized. The literature search will include papers that provide an overview of the tectono-stratigraphic framework of the orogen and its component terranes, while related field inspection studies will provide first hand familiarity with selected classic localities and sequences.
A second important objective of the course, for the short term, is to provide an opportunity to prepare for oral exams and for the thesis by short, weekly, written assignments that will serve as a basis for oral discussions of the assigned or student-selected papers. The longer term objective is to help the student prepare for professional quality written and oral presentations that will stand up to peer review by strengthening one's habitual general knowledge, by reading the literature and engaging in discussions.
An in depth term paper that demonstrates familiarity with significant field localities so as to relate these micro-geological data to the regional- and orogen-scale features is expected of each student.
Prof. James W. Skehan, S.J.