Maarten Lupker: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2019

Name Dr. Maarten Lupker
DepartmentEarth Sciences

651-3001-00LDynamic Earth I Restricted registration - show details 6 credits4V + 2UO. Bachmann, G. Bernasconi-Green, A. Fichtner, L. Krischer, M. Lupker, M. Schönbächler, S. Willett
AbstractProvides a basic introduction into Earth Sciences, emphasizing different rock-types and the geological rock-cycle, as well as introduction into geophysics and plate tectonic theory.
ObjectiveUnderstanding basic geological and geophysical processes
ContentOverview of the Earth as a system, with emphasis on plate tectonic theory and the geological rock-cycle. Provides a basic introduction to crystals and minerals and different rock-types. Lectures include processes in the Earth's interior, physics of the earth, planetology, introduction to magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Excercises are conducted in small groups to provide more in depth understanding of concepts and content of the lectures.
Lecture noteswerden abgegeben.
LiteratureGrotzinger, J., Jordan, T.H., Press, F., Siever, R., 2007, Understanding Earth, W.H. Freeman & Co., New York, 5th Ed.
Press, F. Siever, R., Grotzinger, J. & Jordon, T.H., 2008, Allgemeine Geologie. Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, 5.Auflage.
Prerequisites / NoticeExercises and short excursions in small groups (10-15 students) will be lead by student assistants. Specific topics in earth sciences will be discussed using examples and case studies. Hand samples of the major rock types will be described and interpreted. Short excursions in the region of Zurich will permit direct experience with earth science processes (e.g. earth surface processes) and recognition of earth science problems and solutions relevant for modern society (e.g. building materials, water resources). Working in small groups will allow for discussion and examination of actual earth science themes.
651-4341-00LSource to Sink Sedimentary Systems3 credits2GM. Lupker, S. Willett, T. I. Eglinton
AbstractThe transfer and redistribution of mass and chemical elements at the Earth’s surface is controlled by a wide range of processes that will affect the magnitude and nature of fluxes exported from continental fluvial systems. This course addresses the production, transport, and deposition of sediments from source to sink and their interaction with biogeochemical cycles.
ObjectiveThis course aims at integrating different earth science disciplines (geomorphology, geochemistry, and tectonics) to gain a better understanding of the physical and biogeochemical processes at work across the sediment production, routing, and depositional systems. It will provide insight into how it is actually possible to “see a world in a grain of sand” by taking into account the cascade of physical and chemical processes that shaped and modified sediments and chemical elements from their source to their sink.
ContentLectures will introduce the main source to sink concepts and cover physical and biogeochemical processes in upland, sediment producing areas (glacial and periglacial processes; mass movements; hillslopes and soil processes/development; critical zone biogeochemical processes).

Field excursion (3 days, likely 4, 5 & 6 October, to be confirmed): will cover the upper Rhone from the Rhone glacier to the Rhone delta in Lake Geneva) as small scale source-to-sink system.
Practicals comprise two problem sets as well as a small autonomous project on the Rhone catchment based on samples collected during the field trip.
Lecture notesLecture notes are provided online during the course. They summarize the current subjects week by week and provide the essential theoretical background.
LiteratureSuggested references :

- Sediment routing systems: the fate of sediments from Source to Sink by Philip A. Allen (Cambridge University Press)
- Principles of soilscape and landscape evolution by Garry Willgoose (Cambridge University Press)
- Geomorphology, the mechanics and chemistry of landscapes by Robert S. Anderson & Suzanne P. Anderson (Cambridge University Press)