- Code EMSC6024
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences
This course focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to understand the processes and environments in which magmatic and metamorphic rocks form, including the following topics: the relations between crystallisation and deformation in metamorphic rocks and their link to evolution of orogens; reconstruction of plate tectonic processes from detailed investigation at a grain scale; construction and detailed interpretation of phase diagrams; the role of fluid phases and the use of trace elements, radiogenic and stable isotopes to constrain magmatic and metamorphic processes. In addition, the rates of processes are explored: are these fast and furious, or slow and steady.
Laboratory: Characterisation and interpretation of microstructures in magmatic and metamorphic rocks using optical and electron microscopes, construction and interpretation of phase diagrams, selected excursions to Canberra and surroundings.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately. An extra research paper will be given to Masters level students.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Recognize key metamorphic and magmatic minerals in hand specimens and thin sections. Classification of magmatic and metamorphic rocks based on their mineralogy.
2. Reconstruct conditions of rock formation from the texture and composition of minerals
3. Explain the relation of rock forming processes to tectonic environments
4. Construct phase diagrams and use them to interpret rock textures and rock forming processes
5. Explain the recycling of key elements and volatiles in deep Earth cycles.
There will be a cost for the fieldtrips - to be advised.
Assessment will be based on:
- Laboratory work (30%; LO 1, 2, 4 , 5)
- Field excursion reports (20%; LO 1-4)
- Research project and presentation (25%; LO 3, 4, 5)
- Theory examination (25%; LO 1, 2, 4)
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Three hours of lectures and two hours of practicals weekly, plus an overnight field trip to Gulaga and a one day field trip Cooma (dates to be confirmed).
Requisite and Incompatibility
J. D. Winter (2001) An Introduction to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Prentice Hall.
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