Providing the essential knowledge on the geology of the Mediterranean area, including orogenic belts, active subduction zones, and active extensional tectonics. The main lithostratigraphy and structures are described, a few of them are illustrated during field trips.
Expected learning outcomes
Recognizing simple rock sequences in the Mediterranean area, the main tectonic settings and their interplay.
Knowledge of geological processes of the Mediterranean area is fundamental for the understanding of the interactions between geosphere and biosphere. Topics of the Course are: geology and geodynamics of the main geological settings (e.g., active and passive margins) recognizable in the Mediterranea area; basic concepts of extensive, convergent and transcurrent tectonics; geological history and palaeogeography of the Mediterranean area; main tectonic units occurring in the Mediterranea sea and onland; description of the main techniques of survey in marine geology; seafloor bathymetry and basic concepts of coastal morphology; interactions between bathymetry, seafloor morphology and biosphere distribution in relation to the environmental protection and anthropic action. The Course is implemented with a one-day trip to the Alps or Apennines (to be defined each year) and to a guided tour to the "ISMAR" (Institute of Marine Sciences) of the Bologna Research Council.
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of Geology and geological cartography.
Classes will be given in a usual way. Methods used during field trips are the usual field activities. Attendance in classes and field trips is strongly recommended.
Power Point slides shown during classes will be provided together with scientific papers. Notes taken by students are strongly recommended.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in an oral exam (mandatory) about the topics described during classes. Students are requested to describe the work made during practical exercices on which they will be interviewed.