Structural Geology (X498t)


IU Geologic Field Station, Cardwell Montana
Course Description

EAS X498t is offered as a virtual course in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

X498t (X429t) Structural Geology uses hands-on outcrop observations and 2-D seismic reflection data to: (1) create an integrated outcrop and subsurface interpretation; (2) develop an understanding of the geometric character and kinematic evolution of thrust structures and systems; (3) learn to produce restorable cross sections using quantitative analysis, and; (4) understand the role of critical assumptions in structural interpretation. The course is roughly 60% classroom at IUGFS and 40% outcrop in the Sawtooth Range of west-central Montana. Prerequisites for students enrolling in X498t are a course in structural geology and a course in field methods.  X429t students can learn the necessary structural geology and field methods skills in the five weeks immediately prior to the concentration.