Module GL3305: Igneous petrology and geochemistry
|Co-ordinator:||Dr Quentin Crowley|
|Assessment:||Theory exams 60%, Lab-book assessment and practical exercises 15% Practical exam 25%|
Contact hours & timing:
Weeks 12-16, 7 hours/week
The aims of the module are (1) to acquire a good understanding of the generation, transport and evolution of magma within the Earth, and (2) to become familiar with the most common igneous rock types and gain an appreciation of modern research methods in this field. The module covers igneous rock classification, the dynamics of crystallisation processes and the significance of textural variation in igneous rocks. It also focuses on the global tectonic settings of magmatism, such as at mid-ocean ridges, ocean islands, subduction zones and within-plate continental crust.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to recognise, classify and write detailed technical descriptions of common igneous rock types from hand specimens and thin sections. (PO2) They should be
aware of appropriate strategies and tools for investigating igneous rocks, and the main experimental aspects of igneous petrology. (PO1, 4) They will be able to summarise the main processes and products of magmatism and volcanism. (PO2, 4)