Origin and differentiation of the Earth
Shields and Cratons: Precambrian provinces, oldest rocks, evolution of oceanic and continental crust, initiation of orogenic processes
Overview of recent examples of Wilson Cycle:
Rifting in and origin of passive continental margins: geodynamics and sedimentary geology
Oceans: characteristics and origin of ophiolitic sequences
Orogens of continental margins: subduction zones, accretionary tectonics, exotic terrains
Orogens of continental collision: Himalayas, Alps, Alpine-Carphatian-Dinaric Mountain Chain, Pontides and Taurides, tectonic inversion in Pyrenees, Bethics and Atlas Mountains, Cenozoic deformation of the Mediterranean.
Pangaea: geodynamic evolution of Paleozoic era and origin of Caledonides, Variscides and Uralides.
Proterozoic orogens: constitution and disintegration of Proterozoic supercontinents; Pannotia and Pan-African orogenesis, Rodinia and Grenvillian orogenesis, Columbia and paleoproterozoic orogenesis.