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    Macalester College
  Nov 23, 2017
College Catalog 2017-2018

GEOL 255 - Structural Geology

This course focuses on recognizing and interpreting the significance of geologic structures in the Earth’s outermost layers. Discussions focus on the formation of major rock fabrics (e.g., fractures, joints, faults, shear zones, folds, foliation/cleavage, and lineations) from microscopic (thin section) to regional (mountain belt) scales.  Problem sets use graphical techniques to solve structural problems. This course also provides an introduction to map interpretation and mapping techniques. Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week. Local and regional field trips. Prerequisite(s): GEOL 160 , GEOL 165 , and GEOL 250 ; or permission of instructor Spring semester. (4 Credits)