McGill Structural Geology

Jamie Kirkpatrick


EPSC 203 Structural Geology

Structural geology is the study of how and why rocks deform. The reason the subject is referred to as structural geology is that certain structures form within deformed rocks at the scales of mountain belts down to individual atoms and we use these structures to investigate the causes, timing and implications of deformation events. This class introduces the concepts and terminology that are essential for practicing structural geology. The aim is to develop the skills necessary to identify and quantify deformation structures and to communicate observations to other geologists. .

EPSC 331 Field School 2

The McGill EPS two week field course was taught by John Stix and myself in 2015. We visited Nevada, Arizona, and California and explored Basin and Range tectonic and magmatic processes taking in the Whipple Mountain detachment, Big Pine volcanic field, Long Valley Caldera, and Las Vegas.

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EPSC 550 Reservoir Geomechanics

Understanding the effects of stresses on rocks and the deformation structures that form in response to applied stresses is crucial to developing predictive tools for wellbore stability, reservoir properties and hydraulic structure. The only way to measure stress in the subsurface is through borehole geophysical measurements, methods that are based on theoretical models of the stress field around a borehole. This class will introduce the theory, geophysical logging methods and analytical tools for investigating the subsurface from borehole measurements.

EPSC 552 Behaviour of plate boundary faults in the transition zone

Plate boundary faults deform by a combination of fracture and flow in the transitional regions between the seismogenic zone and the aseismic regions surrounding it. The causes and controls on this deformation are unclear in many cases. This collaborative seminar will integrate field observations of an ancient shear zone, seismic records of low frequency earthquakes, and numerical modeling to explore the behaviour of rocks in the transitional zone.

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