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GEOL422 Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology

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Topical issues in geochemistry, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and volcanology.

This paper combines seminars, field observations and laboratory analysis to address topics in geochemistry, petrology and volcanology, and incorporates a practical short-course on mining/remediation geochemistry contributed by CRL Energy Ltd. You will gain experience with extracting information from research publications and integrating it with other observations to develop topical expertise.

Paper title Geochemistry, Petrology and Volcanology
Paper code GEOL422
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Full Year
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,282.09
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,357.07

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Not all 400-level GEOL papers will be available in any one year. Decisions will be based on enrolment numbers and will be discussed with students at the start of the academic year.
Teaching Arrangements
There is commonly a one-day field trip for petrology/volcanology observation and sample acquisition.
This an Honours/1st-year MSc paper, and students are expected to have a bachelor's degree in Geology, or equivalent, including undergraduate papers in geochemistry and petrology.
Paper Structure
Geochemistry, petrology and volcanology typically occupy ~3/4 of the year, and the CRL short course 2 weeks (assessed by internal exam).
Assessment for the whole of GEOL 422 is typically 2/3 to 3/4 internal, with the remainder a final exam.
Course outline
GEOL422-Geochemistry-Petrology-Volcanology-syllabus-2017.pdf (latest syllabus indicative of content next time the paper is taught)
Teaching staff
Professor James White
Dr Marco BrennaDr Mike Palin
CRL Energy Ltd staff (James Pope)
The CRL module will draw on:
Drever, J. I., 1997, The Geochemistry of Natural Waters Surface and Groundwater Environment, Prentice Hall.

Stumm, W., and Morgan, J. J., 1996, Aquatic chemistry: chemical equilibria and rates in natural waters, New York, John Wiley & Sons.

Nordstrom, D. K., and Munoz, J. L., 1994, Geochemical Thermodynamics, Boston, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 493p

Moore, T., Black, A., Centeno, J., Harding, J., and Trumm, D., 2005, Metal Contaminants in New Zealand; Sources, Treatments, and Effects on Ecology and Human Health: Christchurch, New Zealand, Rezolutionz Press, p. 490.

NZJGG 2010, Vol 53, No2-3 Special Issue, Mine Drainage

Mine Water and Environment 2015, Vol 34, No4, Special Issue, Mine Water Research in New Zealand.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Acquaintance with current petrology, volcanology and geochemistry research topics. Understanding of igneous chemical and physical processes, from magma source to eruption behaviour and products. Understanding of mine-related geochemistry including environmental assessment.

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Full Year

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
M1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41