GEO-DEEP9200 - Deep Earth and Planetary Mineralogy and Dynamics

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Course content

The course treats Earth and planetary differentiation to form core, mantle and crust and gives insights into the seismic structure, heat production, heat flow and convective dynamics of the Earth. The melting and subsolidus phase relations and mineral physics of silicate rocks and Fe-dominated alloys are central to our understanding of Earth and planetary dynamics and evolution. The identification of primordial, melt-depleted and deeply recycled crustal material by radiogenic isotope systematics will also be reviewed.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will obtain a fundamental knowledge of

  • the processes governing Earth and planetary differentiation, evolution and convective dynamics.
  • phase relations, mineral physics and isotope geochemistry of Earth and planetary materials.
  • the structure and properties of the Earth, derived from mineral physics and seismology.
  • heat transfer, convective flow and the geodynamo.

Admission

Open to PhD candidates enrolled in the Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets (DEEP).

Registration is done by filling out an online application form. The final application deadline for spring semester 2017 is 15 February.

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must at the same time apply for visiting PhD status. We will provide more information after you have applied through the email address above. DEEP can be contacted for questions. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

There is no upper limit of number of participants.

Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.

Teaching

The course is centered on a one week session (about 40 h) held in Oslo. This includes lectures and practical. Prior to the course week the students will receive course material and prepare for an obligatory presentation on a given topic. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course. Home examination occurs after the course week.

Obligatory activities:

  • Short presentation on a given topic
  • Home examination

Examination

Obligatory presentation on a given topic during the course week. The presentation must be evaluated as approved in order to take the final exam.

Home exam to be delivered up to one month after the course week and within the semester.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course

Credits

5

Level

PhD

Teaching

Every other spring starting 2017

Examination

Every other spring starting 2017

Teaching language

English