Introduction to igneous and metamorphic petrology, including thin section examination of rock suites, use of phase diagrams in petrology, and discussion of petrogenesis.
|Two lectures, one lab (three hours); one term
|Prerequisite(s): EARTH SC 2K03
Time/Term Offered:Term one Fall 2012-13
Instructor: Dr. Alan Dickin
Room: General Science Building Rm. 307
Tel:(905) 525.9149 x24365
This course will present the essential elements of igneous and metamorphic petrology which Earth Scientists should know in order to have a well-rounded knowledge about hard-rock Geology
Two classes per week will be lectures, largely focussed on petrogenesis. There will be about ten labs, each lasting a week. (One or two labs will be double, lasting two weeks). We will focus on comparative studies of related rocks from important rock suites. We will apply the principles of Optical Mineralogy learned in EARTH SCI 2K03.
Required Text Books/Course materials:
You will need to buy the courseware, which contains most of the diagrams I will use on the overhead projector. My main sources are:
Hess, P.C., Origins of igneous rocks
Yardley, B. Intro to metamorphic petrology
Unfortunately these books are out of print, but they are available in the Library, or you can buy them second-hand. Various textbooks provide general background on petrography and petrology, but I am not recommending any in particular.
I myself will be using Nesse in the labs. You will need this or some other optical mineralogy handbook of your own choice.
The marks breakdown will be:
30% for lab reports handed in each week (reduced credit for late work)
20% for an open-book lab exam held near the end of term
10% for a mid term assignment
40% for a closed-book written exam
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