Spring 2020 - Metamorphic Petrology (EASC 311)
Investigation of the physicochemical processes responsible for the formation of metamorphic rocks. Integrated study of the mineralogy, mineral microstructures and phase equilibrium through examination of hand sample and petrographic thin sections.
Past course offerings:
Advanced Petrology (EASC 400/608)
This course presents the principles of phase equilibria as applied to metamorphic rocks. An overview of thermodynamic datasets and Gibbs energy minimization routines is presented and accompanied by hands-on tutorials using Thermocalc, Perple_X, and Theriak-Domino. The commonly employed forward and inverse modelling techniques will be reviewed, and within the course framework there will be opportunity for student-led research projects that employ these techniques.
Global Tectonics (EASC 309)
The study of motion and deformation of the Earth's crust and upper mantle at a regional and global scale. A detailed examination of plate tectonic theory: plate boundary types, mechanics of plate movements, basin formation and mountain building. Case studies of major orogenic belts of the world highlighting regional structural deformation processes in response to tectonic stresses.
Directed Readings (EASC 493)
Two 3-credit topics offered:
- Planetary Geochemistry
- Mineral Thermodynamics