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December 19, 2022

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Description

This undergraduate petrology course surveys the distribution,

chemical composition, and mineral associations in rocks of the earth’s crust and upper mantle, and establishes its relation to tectonic environment. The emphasis of the course is on the use of chemistry and physics to interpret rock forming processes.

Course Curriculum

    • RFM I: Olivine and Spinel Unlimited
    • RFM II: Feldspars Unlimited
    • RFM III: Pyroxenes Unlimited
    • RFM IV: Pyriboles Unlimited
    • P-T-X Phase Diagrams Unlimited
    • 3-Earth’s Outer Mantle – Phase Relations and Variation with Tectonic Setting Unlimited
    • Serpentine Stability – Recycling of Mantle Unlimited
    • 4-Melting and Crystallization Processes Unlimited
    • 5-Basalts, Komatiites Rock Series Mantle Melting Processes Unlimited
    • 6-Phase Equilibria: Silicate + H2O Unlimited
    • 7-Granitic Rocks and Crustal Magmatic Processes Unlimited
    • Continental Crustal Igneous Rocks Unlimited
    • The Major Types of Sedimentary Rocks Unlimited
    • Metamorphic Petrology 1 – Metamorphic Processes, Contact, Regional, T and P Variations Unlimited
    • Metamorphic Petrology 2 – Metamorphic Facies Unlimited
    • Metamorphic Petrology 4 – Pelites – The AKFM System Unlimited
    • Metamorphic Petrology 5 – Metamorphism of Mafic Rocks, Metamorphism Unlimited
    • Metamorphic Petrology 6 – Metamorphism of calc-silicates Unlimited

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