GEO-DEEP9400 – Solid Earth - Fluid Earth Interactions

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Course content

This course addresses topics like material recycling across the geospheres and how mantle dynamics, volcanism and plate tectonics influence long-term, global environmental and climatic changes.

Learning outcome

After completing this course you will have obtained fundamental knowledge of

  • formation and evolution of hydrosphere and atmosphere in relation to solid Earth
  • boundary and interphase definitions (e.g., of the lithosphere-asthenosphere boundary) based on geophysical and mineralogical constraints
  • how the Wilson cycle - the dispersion and formation of supercontinents - is manifested on Earth
  • how various tectonic processes on continents and oceans (linked to sea-floor spreading, sedimentation and erosion, subduction, and volcanism) influence variations of global geochemical cycles
  • links between mantle convection, dynamic topography and anomalous subsidence and uplift on continents and oceans
  • evolution of oceanic basins and long-term sea-level, oceanographic and climate variations

Admission to the course

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 made available through DEEP's web pages in due time prior to the course.

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 a mandatory presentation on a given topic. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course.


  • A mandatory presentation on a given topic during the course week must be approved before you can sit the final exam.
  • A home exam, which counts 100% towards the final grade, is to be submitted within a month after the course has ended and within the semester.

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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