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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. Field and lab studies are the crux of the course, supported by experimental work and thermodynamic principles. Chemical and mineralogical compositions and rock fabrics provide evidence for crystallization environments and tectonic settings, past and present.
Format: lecture/laboratory; discussion, three hours per week and laboratory, three hours per week; several field trips including one full day trip to central New Hampshire
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
lab work, one hour test, and a final exam
GEOS 202 or permission of instructor
GEOS Group C Electives - Solid Earth