EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

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AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Geology; Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Geochemistry major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit focuses on the geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy and textures of igneous and metamorphic rocks. This unit provides an introduction to basic thermodynamic concepts applied to the petrogenesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks from a variety of tectonic environments. The unit also provides an overview of the mineral system framework to understand the genesis of magmatic and hydrothermal mineral deposits, and an introduction to sulfide and oxide mineralogy. Practical unit material includes extensive use of the conventional microscopy, an introduction to reflected-light microscopy, phase diagrams, application of basic thermodynamic concepts, and identification of major rock-forming minerals and rock textures. Conceptual and practical emphasis is placed on the interpretation of sources and processes in the formation of igneous suites and metamorphic facies.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) use practical skills in the identification and interpretation of igneous and metamorphic materials, and basic ore minerals.; (2) explain the relationship between geochemical signature and mineralogy of igneous and metamorphic rocks; (3) explain the links between tectonic/geodynamic setting and major igneous and metamorphic rock suites; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts related to ore-forming processes associated different tectonic-magmatic environments.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises from laboratory work and short report(s) and (2) an end-of-semester theoretical examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Marco Fiorentini
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
EART2231 Earth Materials and EART2234 Earth Processes
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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