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GEL4050 - INTRODUCTION TO IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY

Course Description

This course involves the study of the nature, composition, origin, and history of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Students will be introduced to the principles that govern the mineralogical and textural diagenesis of these systems and their unique mineral assemblages. Lab exercises in optical microscopy, geochemical data interpretation, graphical analysis and classification modalities are essential components. Prior working knowledge of polarized optical microscopy, mineralogy, and chemistry is prerequisite. Familiarity with programming simple electronic spreadsheet algorithms is highly recommended. A fieldtrip is required.

Required Course Material

Prerequisites

GEL 1010 - Physical Geology

GEL 3050 - Mineralogy & Optical Mineralogy

CHE 1800 - General Chemistry I


Highly Recommended

Basic algebra concepts as well as some trig

FIELD TRIP GUIDE

Fieldtrip to Southern Wyoming following a route along the Cheyenne Belt, a Precambrian suture line.

PETROLOGY PROJECT

A semester-long project in collecting and interpreting an igneous or metamorphic rock. (30% of your grade)

FIELD TRIP & PROJECT

Click to download Field Trip GuideClick to download Pet Project PaketClick to download Writing Primer
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