2019-2020 Catalog 
    
    Jul 10, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GEOL 310 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology


Knowledge about rocks, their origin, and their distribution contributes to the solution of many geological problems. Petrology focuses on the systematic study of igneous and metamorphic rocks including techniques of hand-specimen identification and classification. Basic principles of phase equilibria and geochemistry are used to understand the origin and behavior of magmas, the crystallization of magma, the origin of rock textures, and metamorphism. The dynamic nature of metamorphism in response to changes in the geological environment, as well as the relationships among tectonic processes, magma generation and metamorphism are examined. Lecture and laboratory. Field trip in either GEOL 290  or GEOL 310. Writing option. Spring (Alternate years; Offered 2019-20)