Petrology of System Earth


Course Objective

The main aim of the course is to develop a deep understanding of
petrological processes the context of selected plate tectonic
environments. This will entail teaching how to use the main petrographic
and geochemical techniques and methods.

Course Content

Case studies focusing on the petrological aspects of major geodynamic
environments. Petrological variations are at the core of the course but
the importance of (isotope) geochemistry and regional tectonics will be
stressed as ways of gaining a full understanding of the key processes
that control magma genesis and metamorphism. A short field excursion to
the Eifel region of Germany will be conducted at the end of the course.
Specific subjects covered will include:
- Introduction of experimental petrology and the importance of phase
- Magmatism in various tectonic environments
- Extreme metamorphism of the continental and oceanic crust.
- Introduction to geochemical analytical methods
- Interpretation of geochemical data

Teaching Methods

Lectures with associated class exercises and limited homework. Contact
hours: 15 half days of combined lecture-practical classes, a 3-day
(including travel) field course and a written exam.

Method of Assessment

The final mark consists of the following components: (1) Class room
practicals, petrological descriptions and other assignments (35%);(2)
Field note book and contribution to the field course (15%); (3) Written
exam (50%).
A minimum mark of 5.5 is required for the written exam in order to pass
the course.

Entry Requirements

Inleiding mineralogie (AB_450157) and Mineralogie en Petrologie
(AB_1081) are
prerequisit for this course.


J.D. Winter, 2010. Principles to Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (2nd
Edition). Prentice Hall.

Additional literature will be made available on Canvas.

Target Audience

Third year Bsc Earth Science students in the context of the Minor Solid

Custom Course Registration

Fieldwork costs have to be contributed in advance. Details will be communicated via Canvas.

General Information

Course Code AB_1098
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. G.R. Davies
Examiner prof. dr. G.R. Davies
Teaching Staff dr. J.M. Koornneef
dr. P.Z. Vroon
prof. dr. W. van Westrenen
dr. F.M. Brouwer
prof. dr. G.R. Davies

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Excursion