This module provides an introduction, with real world examples, to the main concepts in metamorphism and metamorphic processes including examples of modern research practice.
Coordinator: Prof David Dobson
- Module details
Title Metamorphism and Metamorphic Processes UG Code GEOL0032 Coordinator Prof David Dobson Other Contributors Dr A Thomson, Ms I Ezad Term 1 Credit 15 credits Written Exam 40% Coursework 60% - comprised of i. two assessed thin section practicals (20%), ii. two assessed problem sheets (20%), iii. one mini research project (20%) Pre-Requisites None Maths & Stats Content and Requirement
Some simple matematics will be used in describing thermodynamics in addition to graphical representations of phas relations and petrogenetic grids.
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 150 hours Hours of Lectures/Seminars 18 hours Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 22 hours Hours of Tutorials Days of Fieldwork Other None Categorizing Student Performance Levels
- Thermodynamic equilibrium of pure solids and solid solutions
- Petrogenetic grids and metamorphic facies
- Disequilibrium and kinetics of reaction
- Diffusion gradients in rocks and closure temperatures
- Pressure-temperature-time paths.
- Tectonic contexts for these P-T-t paths
- Experimental techniques
- Coupled reaction and strain
The course aimsprovides an introduction, with real world examples, to the main concepts in metamorphism and metamorphic processes including examples of modern research practice.
The ability to identify different metamorphic rocks in hand and thin section and place constraints on P-T conditions of formation. An understanding of the dynamical processes involved in high-pressure metamorphism and the complex feedbacks between fluids, reaction rates and large-scale strain in lower crustal environments. Knowledge of modern experimental techniques and an ability to critically assess the results of such experiments.