651-4022-00L  Advanced Structural Geology with Field Course

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersW. Behr
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentDue to the Corona pandemic priority is given to D-ERDW students completing their MSc studies in 2021.

If space is available UZH Geography and Earth System Sciences students may attend this field course at full cost.


651-4022-00 PAdvanced Structural Geology Field Course
4-day practical structural mapping course for information on destination and date see Link

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90s hrs
Thu14:15-16:00NO E 11 »
W. Behr

Catalogue data

AbstractTo provide a theoretical grounding in advanced aspects of structural geology, as well as the practical application of structural field mapping techniques in complexly deformed areas.
ObjectiveTo learn to map, characterize, measure and analyze complex structures and multiple phases of deformation in the field. The purpose of the course is to give you an experience akin to doing real structural geology and tectonics research while exposing you to advanced aspects of structural analysis.
ContentThis course has shifted from a lecture-based course, to a field course with an associated term project. We will have ~4 introductory lectures prior to the field trip. The core of the class will be a field trip scheduled for Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26 (1.5 days travel, 3.5 days in field) on Syros Island in Greece where you will learn to map, measure and analyse a wide range of different deformation fabric types related to Aegean subduction, exhumation and metamorphism. After the field trip, the rest of the semester you will be expected to write a journal-manuscript-style report describing and synthesizing your field data. We will likely not have formal lectures after the field trip, but myself and the TAs will have regular office hours where you can access us to discuss your data or ask questions regarding the report.
Prerequisites / NoticePrevious field mapping experience (field courses I, II and III for ETH Bachelor students or the equivalent for students admitted from elsewhere to the Master program); Structural Geology Course; Petrology/Petrography Course is recommended but not required.

Geography and Earth System Sciences students UZH may attend this lecture but will have to pay the full amount for the field course (no subsidies from UZH).

Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW Link

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersW. Behr
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThe final grade of the performance assessment consists of two parts: a structural map and a report for the field course (50%) and a semester term project (50%)

Learning materials

Main linkInformation on Excursions and Field Courses of D-ERDW
DocumentsLink to Program EllipseFit
Rick Almendinger's programs
Additional linksTerms and Conditions for Excursions and Field Courses at D-ERDW
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupEarth Sciences MSc (660000) starting semester 04
Applied Geophysics MSc (662000)
Doctorate Earth Sciences (664002)
Doctorate Earth Sciences ETH-UZH (665000)
Doctorate Earth Sciencess UZH-ETH (665100)
Earth and Climate Sciences (Mobility) (674000)
Waiting listuntil 30.03.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 05.02.2021

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