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Olivier Bachmann
ESS 212
Seattle Campus

Earth Materials and Processes

Crystallography, crystal chemistry, and characteristics of rock-forming and ore minerals. Description, phase equilibria, origin, and associations of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Laboratory study of hand specimens. Two one-day field excursions. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 1.7 in CHEM 142. Offered: W.

Class description

It will be divided in a 1/2 mineralogy and 1/2 petrology. In the first half, we will cover the most important aspects of rock-forming minerals: how are they built, where are they formed, and how do they look. In the second half, we will use our acquired knowledge on minerals to study the origin of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.

Student learning goals

Recognise in hand sample the most important rock-forming minerals

Understand how and where rock-forming minerals form

Learn how the 3 main types of rock form on Earth

Place the different rock types in their geotectonic environment

General method of instruction

3 hours of lecturing per week 4 hours of laboratory work a week, with 2 TAs

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: CHEM 142. A background knowledge about the different tectonic settings on Earth would be helpful

Class assignments and grading

There will a few lab and homework assignments during the class

Lecture and lab mid-term exam and final exam


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Olivier Bachmann
Date: 12/15/2008