GEO-DEEP9300 – Lithosphere and Asthenosphere: Composition and Evolution

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Teaching and exams spring 2022

At the MN Faculty teaching is in-person this spring, but there may still be cases of online or hybrid teaching.

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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

Admission to the course

The course is 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 form will be available from 1 June 2021.

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 hours) 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.

Obligatory activities:

  • Short presentation on a given topic


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

A home exam to be delivered up to one month after the course week and within the semester counts 100% towards the final grade.

When writing your exercises make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of 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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 19, 2022 2:13:51 AM

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