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Module GL4406: Global Igneous Petrology

  Module GL4406
Co-ordinator: Dr Emma Tomlinson
Course Type: Optional
Assessment: Theory examination (50%), in-course assessments (50%)
ECTS: 5 Credits
Prerequisites: GL3322 or GL3320

Contact hours & timing:

Michaelmas Term
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.

Module Content

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”.

Learning Outcomes

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.