'Using Fault Breccia Dimensions to Interrogate Rock Properties During Earthquakes' - EPSC 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Christie Rowe

Supervisor's Email: christie.rowe [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-2769

Supervisor's Website: http://eps.mcgill.ca/~crowe/

Supervisor's department: Earth and Planetary Sciences

Course number: EPSC 396 (Earth and Planetary Science)

Term: Fall 2013-2014

Project start date: Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Project end date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Project title: Using Fault Breccia Dimensions to Interrogate Rock Properties During Earthquakes

Project description (50-100 words suggested): This research project will involve the measurement of length, density and orientation of fractures and rotation of clasts in breccias and microbreccias from the Pofadder Shear Zone, South Africa. Measurements will be made on oriented thin sections and hand samples.  Student will be trained in microstructural analysis and use and development of simple codes in MatLab to statistically analyze fracture data, identify patterns, and evaluate the similarity to existing models of dynamic fracturing around earthquake faults. Student will be supervised jointly by supervising professor and a PhD student who collected the samples.

Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.

Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on the collection of fracture density and orientation data from breccia and microbreccia samples (25%), development of statistical analyses and complete documentation of methods (25%) and completion of a final report (minimum 10 pages) including comparison of collected data to similar studies in the literature (50%).

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.