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SCN1037125, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
SC1180, Degree course structure A.Y. 2009/10, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ANALYSIS OF CRYSTALLINE BASEMENTS
Department of reference Department of Geosciences
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
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Teacher in charge RICHARD SPIESS GEO/07

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses GEO/07 Petrology and Petrography 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Group didactic activities 2.0 32 18.0 No turn
Laboratory 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: Students will learn to recognize the peculiar petroglogical and microstructural features of basement rocks, both from a theoretical point of view, as well as under the petrographic microscope and in the field.
Examination methods: Written exam
Assessment criteria: The evaluation is based on the correctness and the quality of the written exam
Course unit contents: 1)General characteristics of deformation types (simple shear, pure shear, general flow) using evidence of analog experiments.
2)Deformation mechanisms:
a) Dislocation creep
b) Dissolution-precipitation creep
c) Twinning
d) Diffusion creep
e) Cataclastic flow
3)Deformation- and recrystallization mechanisms: microstructural evidence.
4)Development of crystallographic preferred orientations (CPOs) during deformation: models and implications.
5)Foliation developments during the metamorphic-deformational process.
6)The concept of strain partitioning.
7)Inclusion rails in porphyroblasts: evolution and implications.
8)Veins, strain shadows and strain fringes: evolution and potential implications.
9)Shear sense indicators.
10)The interrelation between the thermal structure and large scale deformation within orogens.
11)PTtd trajectories.
12)A short introduction in geothermobarometry.
13)The crystalline basement of Calabria: from the variscan orogenesis to its actual position in the Mediterranean. An evolution traced by the magmatic and metamorphic rocks and the structural evidence.
14)Thin section analysis of a profile through the Serre Massive.
15)Six-days field trip through the basement of Calabria.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures, microscopy, field work
Additional notes about suggested reading: Booklet written by the lecturer
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • C.W. Passchier & R. A. Trouw, Microtectonics. --: Springer, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Caggianelli et al., From the upper to the lower continental crust exposed in Calabria.. --: ISPRA, 2013. ISSN: 2038-4947. DOI 10.3301/GFT.2013.02