EA5048 - Minerals and Magmas
|Student Contribution Band:
||College of Science and Engineering
Mineralogy as applied to rocks, sediments and soils. Applications of the polarising
microscope to mineral identification and textural interpretation of Earth materials.
Introductory mineral chemistry and its applications. Characterisation and description
of igneous rocks in terms of major element geochemistry, mineralogy, texture, genetic
processes and tectonic setting. Characterisation of metamorphic rocks. Metamorphic
facies, isograds and thermal metamorphism.
- acquisition of the observational skills and knowledge to interpret the textures of
common rocks in terms of rock-forming processes;
- to develop an appreciation of the genetic processes and crustal settings of igneous
and metamorphic rocks;
- to develop skills and knowledge for the recognition of minerals in hand specimens
and to classify common types of rocks;
- to provide an introduction to the techniques of determinative mineralogy and mineral
chemistry including optical microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and electron probe microanalysis.
|EA2200 EA2210 EA2220
Study Period 1
|Census Date 28-Mar-2019
||Assoc. Professor Carl Spandler
- 24 hours lectures
- 32 hours practicals
||end of semester exam (50%); other exams (15%); lab exercises (15%); assignments (20%).
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