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Course, academic year 2022/2023
Global Dynamics and the Supercontinent Cycle - MG420P07
Title: Global Dynamics and the Supercontinent Cycle
Czech title: Globální dynamika a cyklus superkontinentů
Guaranteed by: Institute of Geology and Paleontology (31-420)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2021
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:4/0 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: 36
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: prof. Richard Damian Nance, Ph.D., B.Sc.
Teacher(s): prof. Richard Damian Nance, Ph.D., B.Sc.
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Last update: Rudolf Trnka (06.09.2021)
An examination of plate tectonic theory, the causes and consequences of the supercontinent cycle, and the history of their development. Topics include plate boundary processes, tectonic episodicity and the history of the supercontinent cycle, mantle dynamics and potential driving mechanisms, effects of the supercontinent cycle on Earth systems, and supercontinents past and future.
Last update: RNDr. Jana Rubešová, Ph.D. (03.12.2019)

Condie, K.C. 2015. The supercontinent cycle. In: Earth as an Evolving Planetary System. 3rd

edition. Chapter 7, pp. 201-236. London: Academic Press.

Nance, R.D., Worsley, T.R. and Moody, J.B. 1988. The supercontinent cycle. Scientific

American 256, 72-79.

Nance, R.D., Murphy, J.B. and Santosh, M. 2014. The supercontinent cycle: A retrospective

essay. Gondwana Research 25, 4-29.

Worsley, T.R., Nance, R.D., Moody, J.B. 1984. Global tectonics and eustasy for the past 2

billion years. Marine Geology 58, 373-400.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: Rudolf Trnka (06.09.2021)

Those of you needing a grade for the course should plan to submit a short paper (5 pages, double-spaced, max 1500 words not including figures, captions and references) on a topic related to the course that interests you. The deadline is Friday 5 November.

Last update: Rudolf Trnka (23.09.2021)

Part I: Development and Effects of the Supercontinent Cycle

WEEK 1 (Oct. 6):

1. Introduction

2. History of the Supercontinent Cycle

WEEK 2 (Oct. 13):

3. Causes of the Supercontinent Cycle

4. Consequences of the Supercontinent Cycle

Part II: Past and Future Supercontinents

WEEK 3 (Oct. 20):

5. Pangea

WEEK 4 (Oct. 28):

6. Pannotia

WEEK 5 (Nov. 3):

7. Rodinia

8. Nuna (Columbia)

WEEK 6 (Nov. 10):

9. Earlier (Archean) Supercontinents

10. The Next Supercontinent

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