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.
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
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