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EARTHQUAKE GEOLOGY
GEOLOGIA DEI TERREMOTI

A.Y. Credits
2021/2022 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Marco Menichetti Tuesday from 15 to 17. Every day for brief discussions.
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English French Spanish
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Environmental Geology and Land Management (LM-74)
Curriculum: SISTEMA TERRA, RISCHI E RISORSE
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Learning Objectives

This curriculum in earthquake geology aimed at offering to students a complete formative path in one of the most dangerous and recurrent natural hazards. The geologic study of earthquakes can significantly contribute to evaluating the seismic hazard and mitigating seismic risk. The geologic study of earthquakes is a prerogative of geologists. Objective of the course is the training of a geologist who knows the fundamental aspects of earthquake geology. The course will be organized in frontal lectures and laboratories dealing in particular: i) basics of earthquake mechanics, ii) surface geologic effects of earthquakes and their using in recognizing past earthquakes, iii) main techniques for analyzing earthquake faults, and v) main applications of earthquake geology to seismic hazard assessment. Several examples will be applied both in the professional and research fields. Finally, the course aims to develop a critical analysis of the scientific literature in the students.

Program

1.  Introduction to the course; geology earthquakes and seismicity.

2.  Geology of the earthquake source region:

  • a.  brittle and ductile fractures of rocks; rheology of the lithosphere;
  • b.  dynamics and kinematics of the faults;
  • c.  rocks friction; experimental and field observations of rock friction; stability of friction: stick-slip and stable friction; earthquake recurrence
  • d.  fluids in the crust.

3.  Earthquake surface effects:

  • a.  Primary effects (surface faulting) methods an analysis
  • b.  Secondary effects (liquefaction, landslides and tsunamis).

4.  Techniques in earthquake geology:

  • a. new and geological methods from other courses;
  • b. tectonic geodesy, geomorphology, dating methods, paleoseismology;
  • c. satellite interferometry and geodesy.

5.  Application of earthquake geology to seismic hazard assessment.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

The course aims to provide the student with an adequate method of analysis to understand, process and synthesize earthquake geology, and apply this knowledge in different geological environments and in different tectonic contexts. These skills are encouraged, stimulated and achieved through course attendance, laboratory exercises and specific activities on the ground. The verification of their achievement is obtained through the final examination tests.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Practice: field work (2 days) + Info-Lab (exercises in class): mapping of an active fault trace; measuring fault scarps; calculating slip rate and fault-related earthquake parameters (expected Magnitude, surface displacement, recurrence interval, .); logging and interpreting a paleoseismic trench wall.


Teaching, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Teaching

Lectures, laboratory exercises and field trips.

Attendance

There are no attendance obligations for frontal lessons. However the student is advised to attend at least 2/3 of the laboratory activities, exercises on the ground, seminars and seminar-type training activities.

Course books

Notes from the teacher's lessons.

recommended books:

THE MECHANICS OF EARTHQUAKE AND FAULTING – C.H. Scholz, 2018, Cambridge University Press.

THE GEOLOGY OF EARTHQUAKES – R.S. Yeats, K. Sieh, C.R. Allen, 1997, Oxford Univ. Press.

PALEOSEISMOLOGY – J.P. McCalpin, 2nd Edition, 2009, Academic Press, Elsevier.

Scientific articles and websites on specific topics will be suggested and provided by the teacher during the course.

Assessment

Oral exam with a write report

Disabilità e DSA

Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Teaching

Study of recommended books and teacher's notes.

Course books

Notes from the teacher's lessons.

recommended books:

THE MECHANICS OF EARTHQUAKE AND FAULTING – C.H. Scholz, 2018, Cambridge University Press.

THE GEOLOGY OF EARTHQUAKES – R.S. Yeats, K. Sieh, C.R. Allen, 1997, Oxford Univ. Press.

PALEOSEISMOLOGY – J.P. McCalpin, 2nd Edition, 2009, Academic Press, Elsevier.

Scientific articles and websites on specific topics will be suggested and provided by the teacher during the course.

Assessment

Oral exam with a write report

Disabilità e DSA

Le studentesse e gli studenti che hanno registrato la certificazione di disabilità o la certificazione di DSA presso l'Ufficio Inclusione e diritto allo studio, possono chiedere di utilizzare le mappe concettuali (per parole chiave) durante la prova di esame.

A tal fine, è necessario inviare le mappe, due settimane prima dell’appello di esame, alla o al docente del corso, che ne verificherà la coerenza con le indicazioni delle linee guida di ateneo e potrà chiederne la modifica.

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