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GEO 463, GEOPHYSICS AND TECTONICS Term Paper Topics, Spring, 2002 DIVERGENT PLATE BOUNDARIES Continental Rifts East Africa Basin and Range Mid-Ocean Ridges Mid-Atlantic Ridge East Pacific Rise Red Sea Passive Continental Margins CONVERGENT PLATE BOUNDARIES Ocean-Ocean Subduction Zones Aleutians Japan Ocean-Continent Subduction Zones Central America Cascadia Western South America Continental Collision Zones Alps Carpathians Himalayas Pyrenees Katherine Knox Vernon Rezentes Henry Zollinger Pete Weber Sally Moreno Kimberly Gordo Nicole Armstrong Sandee LaBoda Kelsay Davis Theresa Esch Logan Mitchell Kelly Ensor Lynette Pritchett Stuart Chilvers TRANSFORM PLATE BOUNDARIES HOTSPOTS Hawaii Yellowstone Mark Fieder Amber Bessey The source of most of the information for your paper must be from refereed scientific journals. You might start by finding some papers from the reference list at the end of Chapter 2 of the textbook, as well as the lists at the ends of other chapters. (Important: you must go to the library to find these journals; it is not acceptable to just get a bunch of garbage off the Internet!). The first paper (on seismic reflection and/or refraction observations/constraints/interpretations for your region) is due Thursday, April 25; no late papers will be accepted. See Appendix A of the textbook for an overview of the writing assignment, and for a description of the objectives of the first paper (which describes how to incorporate refraction observations; I’ll be filling you in on reflection in an upcoming lecture). You need to start researching the literature of your area immediately. For the first version of the paper, you need to find papers that deal with: a) Plate tectonic interpretations of your region. b) Overviews of the observations and processes typical of that type of tectonic setting. c) Seismic REFLECTION observations/interpretations of your region. d) Seismic REFRACTION observations/interpretations of your region. Also, you need to pay attention to scale. Make sure that the papers address the VERY LARGESCALE aspects of your region. They should thus discuss constraints at least on the scale of the CRUST, and perhaps the entire LITHOSPHERE. (In other words, while very local studies are important, they are not the main focus of your paper).