USU Geology 5690/6690 Course Materials, Fall 2016

Course Syllabus

Class Meets MWF, 08:30-09:20 in Geology 217a

Reading Assignments:

  • For 09 September: Furlong & Chapman (2013) Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 41, 385-410
  • For 16 September: Roy et al., Nature, 459, 978-982
  • For 24 September: Kellogg et al., Science, 283(5409), 1881-1884
  • For 03 October: Becker et al. (2015) Nature, 524(7566), 458-461
  • For 10 October: Bürgmann & Dresen, Ann. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci., 283, 531-567
  • For 17 October: Liu & Hasterok, Science, 353(6307), 1515-1519
  • For 24 October: Houston, Nature Geoscience, 8(5), 409-415
  • For 31 October: Lowry et al., J. Geophys. Res., 105, 23,371-23,390
  • For 7 November: Willett et al., Nature, 314, 520-523
  • (Supplemental reading if interested): Willett et al., Ann. Geophys. 2, 679-688
  • For 28 November: Schutt & Lesher (2006) J. Geophys. Res. 111 (B5)


  • Assignments:

  • Due 12 October at 8:30 am (moved back from 10 Oct!) Exercises 1
  • & Answer key...
  • Due 15 December at 5pm: Exercises 2, and Answer key...
  • Grad presentations will be held during the scheduled final exam time for our time-slot, Monday, Dec 8, 7:30-9:30 am. Project reports will be due Friday Dec 16 at 8 am.


  • PowerPoint Lectures and UPDATED Schedule:

  • 29 August: Introduction: Geophysics, Concepts of Lithosphere
  • 31 August: Introduction to Thermal Transfer
  • 2 September: Surface Heat Flow & Conductive Thermal Transfer
  • 7 September: Rock Thermal Properties
  • 9 September: Furlong & Chapman (2013) and On Critical Thinking
  • 12 September: Topography & Time-Dependence in Thermal Transfer
  • 14 September: Transient Conduction; the Adiabiat
  • 16 September: Roy et al. (Kelsey's ppt)
  • 19 September: More on W.U.S. thermal; Convective Flow
  • 21 September: Diapirs & Downwellings (Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities)
  • 23 September: Kellogg et al. (Brandt's ppt)
  • 26 September: Geophysical expression of Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities?
  • 28 September: More on drips...
  • 3 October: Becker et al. (Ashley's discussion ppt)
  • 5 October: Rheology in Quick Review
  • 7 October: Rheology
  • 10 October: Burgmann et al. (Krishna's discussion ppt)
  • 12 October: Creep rheology: Temperature, lithology, or water?
  • 14 October: Brittle-field Rheology
  • 17 October: Liu & Hasterok (Sarah's ppt)
  • 19 October: Dynamical Friction & the Earthquake Cycle
  • 20 October: Dynamical Friction & the Earthquake Cycle
  • 24 October: Houston 2015 (Bri's discussion ppt)
  • 26 October: Flexural Isostatic Analysis
  • 28 October: Flexural Isostatic Analysis of Loading
  • 31 October: Lowry et al. (Gilbert's ppt)
  • 2 November: Flexural Isostatic Analysis of Loading (Tharsis example)
  • 4 November: Relating Flexural Rigidity to Rheology
  • 7 November: Willett et al. (Justin's ppt)
  • 09 November: Flexural Rigidity & Rheology
  • 11 November: Flexural Rigidity & Rheology
  • 14 November: Flexural Rigidity & Dynamics
  • 16 November: Viscoelastic Flow & Rebound
  • 18 November: Definitions of Lithosphere revisited; plates?
  • 21 November: Major element chemistry, melting & tectosphere
  • 28 November: Schutt & Lesher (Emily's ppt)
  • 30 November: Tectosphere Buoyancy vs Dehydration Rheology Effect of Melt Removal
  • 5 December: Imaging LAB: What Is It?
  • 7 December: LAB; Isotope geochemistry
  • 9 December: Isotope geochemistry