Module GL4406: Global Igneous Petrology
|Co-ordinator:||Dr Emma Tomlinson|
|Assessment:||Theory examination (50%), in-course assessments (50%)|
|Prerequisites:||GL3322 or GL3320|
Contact hours & timing:
|Weeks 12-16, seven hours per week|
Module Learning Aims
To gain a broad understanding of magma generation in the various tectonic environments; to become familiar with advanced analysis of geochemical data; to develop an appreciation of the importance of experimental and numerical studies.
This module will provide an introduction to some of the current controversies and problems in igneous petrology. A new topic will be examined each week, starting with an introductory lecture, followed by time for reading and then a symposium session with talks and discussion. Topics range from “do plumes exist?” to “does magmatism cause mass extinctions”.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
- use petrology, major and trace element chemistry and radiogenic isotope data from igneous rocks to interpret them in a plate-tectonic framework,
- read, assimilate and make critical judgement on published research and to synthesise information from a variety of sources.