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A theoretical and practical investigation of metamorphic rocks, processes and mineralisation.
Students will have the opportunity to examine metamorphic rocks formed in a variety of different tectonic environments. We examine material in the field, we think critically about their petrogenesis in seminars, and we learn how to analyse them on a scanning electron microscope to derive a metamorphic history. Topics covered to-date include the Alpine Fault and Alpine Schist, Martian meteorites, Earth’s mantle.
|Paper title||Advanced Topics in Metamorphism and Mineralisation|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$685.39|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- GEOL 422
This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.
- Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr James Scott
- Paper Structure
- Earth 1: Mantle rock fieldtrip
- Earth 2: Element mobility at subduction zones
- Earth 3: Earth's interior - crust
- Earth 4: Earth's interior - core-mantle
- Mineralisation 1 - Practical core exercise
- Mineralisation 2 - Sources of orogenic gold and tungsten
- Mineralisation 3 - Structural controls, shallow mobilisation
- Space 1 - Composition of meteorites
- Space 2 - SEM analysis of meteorite samples
- Space 3 - Processing SEM data
- Space 4 - Presentation of meteorite compositions
- Space 5 - Meteorites and formation of a planet
- Teaching Arrangements
One 1.5-hour lecture per week
There is no prescribed textbook.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete this paper will have
- An understanding of how to use metamorphic petrology to understand planetary processes (Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship)
- Knowledge on the detailed structure of Earth and meteorites, from the microscale to the planetary scale (Scholarship, Global perspective, Environmental literacy)
- An understanding of advanced analytical techniques that can be used to understand metamorphic and mineralisation processes and how these could be applied to future research projects (Critical thinking, Lifelong learning)
- The ability to independently undertake postgraduate-level research on metamorphic and mineralised rocks and present it in oral and written form (Research, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation)