Sediment Petrography of Heavy Minerals


Course Objective

Study of heavy minerals as a tool to establish the Quaternary
lithostratigraphy of the Netherlands and abroad and to establish the
provenance of the sediments and reconstruct fluvial basin evolution.

Course Content

The study of optical characteristics of heavy minerals under the
microscope. The study of the heavy mineral characteristics (relief,
color, pleochroism, etc.) in slides from the mono-mineral collection.
Recognition and determination of heavy minerals from unconsolidated
deposits. Interpretation of heavy mineral assemblages regarding the
provenance of the sediment and the Quaternary lithostratigraphy and
paleogeographical development of the

Teaching Methods

Depending on the number of students. 10x3 hours of lectures/practical
courses or self study

Method of Assessment

Oral examination and determination of heavy minerals under the
microscope by the
student (90%); presentation (10%)

Entry Requirements

Bachelor in Earth Sciences


Mange, M.A. & H.F.W. Maurer 1992 Heavy minerals in colour. Chapman &
Hall, London, 147 pp.

Boenigk, 1983 Schwermineralanalyse, Ferdinand Enke Publishers,
Stuttgart, 158 pp.

Target Audience

Master students Earth Sciences

Additional Information

This optional course is offered every two years. The next course takes
place in 2019 - 2020 depending on the number of students

General Information

Course Code AM_450058
Credits 3 EC
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. C. Kasse
Examiner dr. C. Kasse
Teaching Staff dr. C. Kasse

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar
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