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GEOL0002 From Petrology to Petrogenesis

The principal building blocks of the Earth Sciences: rocks, minerals and their composition, formation and origins.

Coordinator: Dr. Adrian Jones 

Module details
TitleFrom Petrology to Petrogenesis
UG CodeGEOL0002
CoordinatorDr. Adrian Jones 
Other Contributors 
Term2
Credit15 credits
Written Exam50% (2 hrs unseen)
Coursework40% (Field notebooks and exercises), 10% (Practical)
Pre-Requisites2 sciences at A-level, with a preference for one of them being chemistry.
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement 
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes20 hours
Hours of Tutorials0
Days of Fieldwork5 days
OtherNone
Content

This course provides an introduction to petrology and will aim to provide an understanding of the compositional variation of the Earth and other terrestrial planets. Topics include: rocks, minerals & the rock cycle;nucleosynthesis in the early universe;meteorites & planetary differentiation;crystals and crystal growth;silicate melts;plutons & plutonic rocks;volcano architecture & eruptions;lavas;pyroclastic rocks;sandstones;ores & ore minerals;limestones & evaporites;metamorphic rocks

This course provides an introduction to petrology and will aim to provide an understanding of the compositional variation of the Earth and other terrestrial planets. Topics include:

  • rocks, minerals & the rock cycle;
  • nucleosynthesis in the early universe;
  • meteorites & planetary differentiation;
  • crystals and crystal growth;
  • silicate melts;
  • plutons & plutonic rocks;
  • volcano architecture & eruptions;
  • lavas;
  • pyroclastic rocks;
  • sandstones;
  • ores & ore minerals;
  • limestones & evaporites;
  • metamorphic rocks

AIMS

To introduce the principal building blocks of the Earth Sciences: rocks, minerals and their composition, formation and origins. To summarise the formation of the elements at the Big Bang and distribution of the elements throughout both the solar system and the periodic table. To show how elements combine to produce crystal forms, introducing the principles of crystallography and mineralogy. To demonstrate how minerals combine to form rocks. To outline the petrogenesis and variety of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.

OUTCOMES

The course will provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of rocks and minerals plus a knowledge of the available tools for their identification and the scientific language used in their description.