GEOS 303 Fall 2012 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Using plate tectonics and the geologic assembly of New England as a template, this course explores the origin of crystalline rocks - volcanic, plutonic, and metamorphic - that comprise 94% of the earth's crust and record most of its history. Field and lab studies (the crux of the course) are backed up by phase-rule applications and fundamental thermodynamic principles. Chemical and mineralogical compositions and rock fabrics provide evidence for crystallization or re-crystallization processes and environments, particularly as they define present or past plate boundaries or tectonic settings. Lab work emphasizes thin section analysis, with a 3-week segment devoted to interpreting the igneous rocks of New England collected on field trips..
Class Format: lecture/discussion, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week; several field trips including one full day trip to central New Hampshire
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on lab work, one hour test, and a final exam
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Prerequisites: Geosciences 202 or consent of the instructor
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Divisional Attributes: Division III
Other Attributes: GEOS Solid Earth Courses
Enrollment Limit: none
Expected Enrollment: 8
Class Number: 1202
GEOS303-01(F) LEC Igneous&Metamorphic Petrology Division 3: Science and Mathematics Bud Wobus
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Clark Hall 205 1202
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