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For this exercise, submit a copy of each of the plots you produce above (4 in total) and provide a descriptive figure caption for each figure.

Final report

The final task for this course is to write a formal scientific report about the results of Exercises 6 and 7. Please use 12 pt Times New Roman font for your report with single spacing between lines. The report should not be longer than 6 pages including text and figures (references and the appendix can be on additional pages, if needed).

A typical research report includes the following:

  • Abstract
    • A one-paragraph summary of the exercise and your results.
  • Introduction (3-5 paragraphs)
    • Clearly state the problem you are addressing (or hypothesis being tested) and it’s significance. This should be at least 1 paragraph long.
    • Provide background information on the topic (e.g., from lecture notes and other sources including the reference papers below). This should be at least 1 paragraph long. You should include at least a very general introduction to the geological study region.
    • Provide an overview of how this exercise contributes to understanding the stated problem. This should be 1 short paragraph.
  • Methods (>1 paragraph)
    • Clearly state the different methods used for each part of the exercise. For example, what equations are you solving in each part of the report, what are the variables or free parameters in each equation, how did you calculate the solution. This should be more than 1 paragraph in length.
  • Results (>1 paragraph)
    • This part of the report describes the results from your experiments (such as the exhumation rate that provide a minimum goodness-of-fit to the data). Include selected figures from laboratory exercises 6 and 7. You should provide figure captions and at least 1 paragraph of text that describes each figure.
    • Note: The results section should only contain observations that resulted from your experiment. No interpretations of the results should be included in this section.
  • Discussion (several paragraphs)
    • This part of the report discusses your results. It can have multiple subsections if you desire. Any interpretation you make from your plots/calculations should be presented here.
    • An example discussion section topics include:
      • How do the exhumation rates that provide a minimum misfit to the different thermochronometer age systems vary?
      • How well do the model predictions compare to the measured ages?
      • What are the limitations of the modeling approach and how do they affect the results?
      • What are the implications of your results for the problem/hypothesis you stated in the introduction? Have you sufficiently tested your hypothesis or are more experiments needed?
      • Any other topics you feel should be discussed about the implications of the model results.
  • Conclusions/Summary (1+ paragraph)
    • This should be at least 1 paragraph and summarize the main findings of your exercise.
  • References
    • Include a list of cited references from your report. This list should include at least 5 primary sources (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, etc.).
  • Appendices
    • Include the Python code laboratory exercise 7 here. This can be in 8 point Courier font.



Coutand, I., Whipp, D. M., Grujic, D., Bernet, M., Fellin, M. G., Bookhagen, B., et al. (2014). Geometry and kinematics of the Main Himalayan Thrust and Neogene crustal exhumation in the Bhutanese Himalaya derived from inversion of multithermochronologic data. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth. doi:10.1002/2013JB010891