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GEOL474 Advanced Topics in Metamorphism and Mineralisation

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
Paper code GEOL474
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEOL 422

This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.


Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor 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
  • Review
Teaching Arrangements

One 1.5-hour lecture per week
Two fieldtrips


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)

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system