Chapter 3

Teaching fieldwork

Following the road trip with JacksonJacksonJames Jackson (1954-present) of the University of Cambridge works on active deformation of the continents, focusing on earthquake source seismology alongside geomorphology, space geodesy and remote sensing. He is interested in quantifying not only the deformation from individual fault ruptures but also in how individual earthquakes combine to produce the landscape of active tectonic regions. , McKenzie established a regular undergraduate field trip to central Greece. “There was a big earthquake in Corinth in Greece [1981] which produced really beautiful surface breaks, still very visible in the landscape,” he says. “We take the students there to show them what geology looks like when it’s happening.” Existing geological literature on the Aegean did not focus on the normal faulting. “They had no interest in that at all because it wasn’t proper geology, it was geomorphologygeomorphologythe scientific study of the origin and evolution of topographic and bathymetric features created by physical, chemical or biological processes operating at or near the Earth's surface. and there’s this complete division between what the geographers do and what the geologists do and it’s nonsense. If you want to know how things work you want to look at what’s happening now – that’s back to the nineteenth century.”

Dan McKenzie in Japan in 1971