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ESS2222F – Tectonics and Planetary Dynamics

For 2016, this reading course will take a look at the fundamental mechanisms of Earth’s unique physical process: plate tectonics. We’ll begin by reading some of the original papers written in the early 1970s that represented the seismic upheaval (pun intended) represented by the plate tectonics revolution, to gain a historical perspective 45 years on.  We’ll then progress to some of the finer details of the relevant physical mechanisms and specific regions with targeted readings.  We’ll also take brief foray into tectonic processes on other planets.

Students will take turns leading paper discussions, and each student will write a final paper on an appropriate topic of her / his choice, due on the last day of classes (December 6, 2016).

Classes will begin during the week of September 12, 2016.  If you are interested in taking this class, please email Rebecca Ghent at ghentr@es.utoronto.ca as soon as possible, so that the meeting time can be scheduled.