GEO-DEEP9300 – Lithosphere and Asthenosphere: Composition and Evolution

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Course content

This course deals with the composition and evolution of the crust, lithospheric mantle and asthenosphere. Seismic imaging techniques and interpretation of tomographic images in terms of composition and physical properties will be coupled with recent results in petrology, geochemistry and geodynamical modelling to review recent advances in our understanding of the evolution and present state of the continental as well as oceanic lithosphere.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will

  • know of recent advances in models of the evolution and composition of the lithosphere and asthenosphere. This includes the petrological processes forming continental and oceanic crust and lithosphere.
  • have learned about lithosphere/asthenosphere anisotropy, and how it relates to mantle flow and plate tectonics.
  • understand the possibilities and limitations of central techniques for crust and upper mantle seismic imaging.
  • know of current advances and challenges in geodynamical modelling for the prediction of the evolution and present state of the lithosphere.
  • be able to select articles and present a summary on recent advances in lithospheric research.


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

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must at the same time apply for visiting PhD status. They must submit the same documentation as regular visiting status applicants, but the application and documentation is to be delivered together with the online application form. 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.


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


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






Every other autumn starting 2017

The course is given in the autumn 2019


Every other autumn starting 2017

The course is given in the autumn 2019

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