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EA3200 - Deformation, Metamorphism and Hydrothermal Fluids

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Stress, temperature and hydrothermal fluids in the lithosphere. Faults, shear zones and fluid flow. Interaction between deformation, metamorphism, mineralisation and tectonics. Metamorphism at different levels in the crust. Interpretation of field data and of structural and metamorphic relationships and history.

Learning Outcomes

  • The causes and effects of faulting and shear zone formation, and their relation to fluid flow;
  • An understanding of the relationships between deformation, metamorphism and mineralisation;
  • The knowledge and skills to identify, map and determine the origin of tectonics and metamorphic rocks;
  • An understanding of stress, temperature and fluid distributions in the lithosphere, and the factors that affect them, at present and in the geological past;
  • The skills and background knowledge necessary to map and interpret the geological history of deformed, metamorphosed and mineralised terranes.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to speak and write logically, clearly and creatively;
  • The ability to calculate, produce, interpret and communicate numerical information;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate IT tools;
  • The ability to access and employ online technologies effectively;
  • A coherent and disciplined body of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner;
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and intellectual development.
Prerequisites: EA2300 AND EA2220


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Professor Tim Bell, Professor Tom Blenkinsop, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (% - 50%); quizzes or tests (% - 30%); practical (% - 20%).

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