Topics should include the published papers of JGR-Solid Earth for the recent five years between 1999-2005 on the crustal structure and tectonic evolution of a selected region.
After having your region approved, use the search option of JGR-Solid Earth to find references on your research area to find papers that deal with:
Plate tectonic models.
Overviews of previous studies on tectonic setting
Process: Before the midterm, a draft version of term paper or website on an aspect of solid Earth geophysics is submitted for peer review. Each student of class is supposed to provide an evaluation on another student's paper in similar to process for the peer review common to scientific journals and other publications.
Linkage between the scope of course and term project: Writing a term project provides students having experiences with both writing and peer review as well as improving their understanding of the multidisciplinary topics in solid Earth geophysics.
Format: The term paper is a minimum of 10-15 pages not including figures and should be typed on a word processor using double spaced Times Roman 12 point font. References are limited to 1 page. See also illustrated paper template, which is based upon the provided appendix of Robert J.Lillie's book (1999). Term report oral presentations will be made the final day of class. A paper copy of your term report will be due on Monday the last week of classes. See also Writing Links and Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students.
First draft: 100 points, Presentation: 150 points Final draft: 100 points. See also see the Term Project Paper Grade Sheets.
Final Exam (10%)
Class presentation (30%)
Mid Term Exam (10%)
Term Project (%30)
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updated June 11-2005