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Mineralogy & Petrology
MIN & PET
CLASS CODE: GEOL 350 CREDITS:  4 FEE:  $35.00
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: GEOLOGY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: The constitution, origin, and identification of minerals. The genesis, interpretation, and identification of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: 1. Introduction to the Crystal Chemistry & Structure of Minerals
2. Physical Properties of Minerals & Mineral Identification
3. Introduction to Optical Mineralogy and Thin Section Petrography
4. Occurrence & Use of Minerals
5. Phase Diagrams
6. The use of Major Elments, Trace Elements, Radiometric Isotopes & Stable Isotopes in the Study of Minerals, Igneous Rocks, and Metamorphic Rocks
7. The Basic Nature of Magma, Magma Generation, Magma Movement, Magma Differentiation, & Magma Emplacement/Eruption
8. Petrotectonic Associations
9. Hand Sample and Thin Section Identification of common Igneous & Metamorphic Rocks
10. Metamorphic Facies & P-T-t paths
11. Introduction to Metamorphic Fluids
12. Metamorphic Environments & Metamorphism of Pelitic, Calcareous, & Mafic/Ultramafic Rocks
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. Know the basic principles of crystal chemistry.
2. Know the basic principles of crystallography.
3. Understand the paragenesis of the common minerals.
4. Identify the common rock-forming and ore minerals.
5. Be able to identify common rock-forming minerals in thin section.
6. Know the basics of thin section petrography.
7. Understand how the composition of rocks (ME, TE & Isotopic) is used to develop the pertogenesis of igneous & metmorphic rocks.
8. Understand the basics of: the nature of magma, magma generation, magma movement, magma differentiation & magma emplacement/eruption.
9. Understand the common petrotectonic associations of common igneous & metamorphic rocks.
10. Identify common igneous & metamorphic rocks in hand sample and thin section.
11. Understand metamorphic facies and P-T-t paths.
12. Understand the metamorphic environment metamorphism of pelitic, calcareous & mafic/ultramific rocks.
13. Know the basic magmatic & metamorphic history of western North America.
14. Improve familiarity with geolgic literature.
15. Improve scientific writing skills.
REQUIREMENTS: This class requires significant preparation for and participation in class. Field trips are also required.
PREREQUISITES: Geol 111 & 112; Chem 105 or 111
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2002