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Mini Lesson Descriptions

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Baja California

Rupturing Continental Lithosphere Lessons

Explore the geologic and geophysical processes that control continental rifting and its progression to lithospheric rupture. Findings from the Gulf of California-Salton Trough region address boundary conditions (pre-existing weaknesses, upper mantle structure, relative plate motion) and define factors that control rifting in this setting, including magmatism, rift obliquity, and sedimentation. Exercises on comparative bathymetry and styles of extension provide useful background material for the mini-lessons.

Thrust fault and fold

Seismogenic Zone Experiment Lessons

Comparative subduction zone tectonics and fault slip processes are examined through case studies from around the world, using existing data sets to document the evolution of convergent margins through time, and the range of fault processes that can occur in these settings.

Mississippi delta

Source to Sink Lessons

A guided exploration for students to work with data to understand sediment flux and dispersal on continental margins through a variety of data sets and online tools.


Subduction Factory Lessons

Hands-on examinations of data sets representing different parts of the subduction zone system, and the processes that operate within them, from metamorphism and melting, through volcanism and erupted deposits.

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