UCL Earth Sciences


GEOL0040 Melting and Volcanism

Coordinator: Dr. Adrian Jones

Module details
TitleMelting and Volcanism
UG CodeGEOL0040
CoordinatorDr. Adrian Jones
Other Contributors 
Credit15 credits
Written Exam70%
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 Fieldwork0

Local and regional geochemical patterns and anomalies will be compared with global data to understand the evidence for crustal lithospheric and asthenospheric sources of magma, including plumes, subduction, impact volcanism and fundamental Earth heterogeneities. Advanced techniques in quantitative mineralogy and the interpretation of geochemical, mineralogical and petrological data will be introduced, including radiogenic isotopes, trace-element behaviour and melting, mixing, metasomatic and crystallisation models. Rifting, hotspots, large intrusions, caldera formation and high-volume flood lavas will be contrasted with rare low-volume magmas. Familiarization with the corresponding variations in terrestrial volcanic eruption styles throughout the course will be complemented by practical introduction to volcanic hazard assessment and comparative planetary geology.


To provide an understanding of the origins and emplacement mechanisms of intrusive and extrusive continental magmas, and to recognize textures and mineral assemblages characteristic of specific processes.


Knowledge of: Melting and volcanism on Earth and terrestrial planets.