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Volcanoes and Igneous Processes - GEOS207

This unit studies rocks that are the result of melting deep within the Earth, encompassing the mineralogy and compositions of igneous rocks, including intrusive and volcanic rocks. The unit covers the theory and interpretation of the processes of melting and crystallisation, emphasising laboratory skills in the hands-on description and interpretation of rocks, minerals and related materials, applying optical studies on thin sections and electron microscopy as well as geochemical methods. Theoretical knowledge and skills developed in this unit are used in case studies and projects that are tailored to each student’s interests – minerals, rocks, fossils, soils, ceramics and/or concrete – to solve controversy and debate across a wide range of disciplines. Microscopic examination of natural and man-made materials opens a new world of discovery to geologists, palaeobiologists, soil scientists, archaeologists and engineers alike.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Professor Dorrit Jacob

GEOS125 Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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