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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

EARS 59 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

An overview of high-temperature geochemistry with particular emphasis on the processes that form igneous and metamorphic rocks. We will learn how a combination of rock fabric, texture, mineralogy, phase equilibria, and chemical composition are used to investigate the origin and evolution of rocks. We will also examine the relationship between rock forming and tectonic processes and the origin of the Earth's crust. The course consists of lectures and laboratory; the latter includes examination of a large number of rocks in hand-samples and their corresponding thin-sections. Additionally, we will have a week-end field trip to the metamorphosed igneous rocks of the Adirondack Mountains.




EARS 40 or permission of instructor.

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