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EA2220 - Minerals and Magmas

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch of Earth & Environmental Sciences (pre 2015)

Introduction to the principles of solid-state physics, crystallography, mineralogy and petrology. The subject focuses on 1. The description of crystal systems, mineral classification and mineral chemistry. 2. The characterisation and description of igneous rocks in terms of chemistry, mineralogy, texture and tectonic settings. Practical classes are focused on mineral identification using the polarising microscope and igneous rock classification

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the importance of mineralogical sciences and applications to various fields of Earth Sciences;
  • acquire the knowledge required for efficient communication with other geoscientists dealing with minerals and igneous rocks;
  • be introduced to techniques of determinative mineralogy and mineral chemistry;
  • develop skills and knowledge for the identification of minerals in hand specimens and under the microscope, and to classify common type of igneous rocks based on their mineralogical content and textures;
  • acquire the observational and interpretative skill to understand basic magmatic processes and geodynamic environments.
Prerequisites: EA1110 plus at least 9 credit points level 1 AN, AR, BZ, EV, MA, MB, PH, SC (BU1004 or BU1104) subjects
EA2200 EA2210 EA5048


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Dr Cassian Pirard
Workload expectations:
  • 25 hours lectures
  • 32 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); essays (20%); assignments (20%).

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