Spring 2023

Plate Tectonics and Continental Dynamics

Listed in: Geology, as GEOL-401


Tekla A. Harms (Sections 01 and 01L)


An analysis of the dynamic processes that drive the physical evolution of the earth’s crust and mantle. Plate tectonics, the changing configuration of the continents and oceans, and the origin and evolution of mountain belts will be studied using evidence from diverse branches of geology. Present dynamics are examined as a means to interpret the record of the past, and the rock record is examined as a key to understanding the potential range of present and future earth dynamics. Three hours of class and two hours of laboratory each week.

Requisite: GEOL 111 and two additional upper-level GEOL courses or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Harms.

How to handle overenrollment: permission from Professor(s)

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: TBA

GEOL 401 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM BEBU 311
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM BEBU 311

GEOL 401 - LAB

Section 01L
Tu 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM BEBU 311

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All Global Tectonics (3rd edition) Wiley-Blackwell Philip Kearey, Frederick J. Vine, Keith A. Klepeis TBD


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2014, Fall 2017, Spring 2023