GEL4050 - INTRODUCTION TO IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY
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
Raymond, L.A. (2007). Petrology: The Study of Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks. 2nd edition, Illinois: Waveland Press, Inc.
Raith, M.M., Raase, P. & Reinhardt, J., 2011, Guide to Thin Section Microscopy. Free Download
Thin Section Kit + previous tools from GEL1010 and GEL3050!
i-clicker (Absolute Must! Your Grade Depends on it)
GEL 1010 - Physical Geology
GEL 3050 - Mineralogy & Optical Mineralogy
CHE 1800 - General Chemistry I
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.
A semester-long project in collecting and interpreting an igneous or metamorphic rock. (30% of your grade)