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GEOL0032 Metamorphism and Metamorphic Processes

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
TitleMetamorphism and Metamorphic Processes
UG CodeGEOL0032
CoordinatorProf David Dobson
Other ContributorsDr A Thomson, Ms I Ezad
Term1
Credit15 credits
Written Exam40%
Coursework60% - comprised of i. two assessed thin section practicals (20%), ii. two assessed problem sheets (20%), iii. one mini research project (20%)
Pre-RequisitesNone
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 Work150 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars18 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes22 hours
Hours of Tutorials 
Days of Fieldwork 
OtherNone
Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Content
  1. Thermodynamic equilibrium of pure solids and solid solutions
  2. Petrogenetic grids and metamorphic facies
  3. Disequilibrium and kinetics of reaction
  4. Diffusion gradients in rocks and closure temperatures
  5. Pressure-temperature-time paths.
  6. Tectonic contexts for these P-T-t paths
  7. Experimental techniques
  8. Fluids
  9. Coupled reaction and strain

 

AIMS

The course aimsprovides an introduction, with real world examples, to the main concepts in metamorphism and metamorphic processes including examples of modern research practice.

Outcomes

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.