San Andreas Fault
Hawaiian lava flow
Mount St. Helens

Geodynamics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors

GEOL 546/L

Dr. Dayanthie Weeraratne
Dept. of Geological Sciences, CSUN
Live Oak Hall, Rm# 1203
Office hours: Wed 4-6pm

Text Book: The Dynamic Earth, by Davies
Supplementary Text: Geodynamics, by Turcotte & Schubert

Field Trip to Griffiths Park Observatory or JPL!

  • Syllabus download: PDF

  • Lectures:

  • Week 1: Introduction to Geodynamics and Math Review PDF
  • Lab 1: Isostacy of continental and oceanic plates PDF

  • Week 2: Introduction to Geodynamics and Plate Tectonics PDF
  • Lab 2 (Due Sept 26, 2013), Thermal Conductivity PDF

    Lab 2.5 (Due Sept 18, 2013) Seafloor Bathymetry and Matlab PDF
    Use Matlab handout and Unix Tutorial.

    Unix Tutorial:

  • Week 3: "Lithosphere Tectonics" PPT

  • Week 4: Asthenosphere and Intro to Fourier Transforms PDF

  • Lab 3: Time-Dependent Heat Conduction PDF

    Fourier Transform Codes for Matlab
    ftprog.m dfft.m ift.m allfiles_tarfile

  • Week 5: "Stress and Strain (Don't worry!)"
  • PDF
    Lab 4 (Due March 21, 2011), Conductivity of a Subducting Slab PDF

  • Apr 12, 2011, Lecture, "Gravity and Topography", PPT
  • Lab 5 (Due April 21, 2011), Gravity and Topography on the Moon, and Hudson Bay, PDF

    MIDTERM 1 April 21, 2011 (Covers all material before Spring break up to "Strain and Stress")
    Midterm 1 Review Sheet PDF

  • Apr 26, 2011, Lecture, "Glacial Rebound and Mantle Viscosity" PPT

  • May 3, 2011, Lecture, "Rheology and Deformation" PPT

  • May 5, 2011, Lecture, "Mantle Convection and Fluid Mechanics" PPT

  • Lab 6 (Due May 19, 2011), Mantle Convection, PDF

    Earthquakes around the world, today!
    Cascades Volcano Observatory
    International Tsunami Information Center
    Indian Ocean Tsunami
    USGS Earthquake Hazards
    General seismology links
    NASA: Rovers land on Mars!
    Geoscience Departments (U.S. & Canada)