PTYS 512

Planetary Global Tectonics

Core Course

PTYS Graduate Core Course. Application of the physics of solid-state deformation to global tectonics of the terrestrial planets and icy moons of the solar system. Modes of topographic support, isostasy and implications for gravity/topography ratios on one-plate planets. Theory of floating elastic plates as an approximation to the lithosphere. Use of seismic data to determine the interior structure and composition and modes of heat conduction in planets.
Sample course syllabus, McEwen (PDF)
Sample course syllabus, Showman (PDF)

Course Level: PTYS Graduate Core Course
Course Credits: 3
Course Type: Graduate

Semester Section Instructor(s) Day/Time Location Resources
2020 Fall 001 Adam Showman
2018 Fall 001 Adam Showman WF 11:00-12:15p.m. Kuiper 312 Syllabus