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Earth and Environmental Sciences

EES 312: Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory   (1)

Prerequisites:Credited or registered in EES 304, EES 301

Learning Objectives:

In this course students will learn to identify different metamorphic rocks both mega- and microscopically. Emphasis will be given on identification of different mineral reaction textures. Additionally, laboratory exercises will also cover the computational methods to estimate P-T conditions in metamorphic rocks. Further, students will be introduced to thermodynamics based software to construct and interpret equilibrium phase diagrams.

Course Contents:

Unit-1: Classification and Nomenclature of Metamorphic Rocks:
Criteria for identification of equilibrium mineral associations; Relationships between textures, deformation for ordering metamorphic mineral associations.

Unit-2: Megascopic and microscopic study (textural and mineralogical):
Low grade metamorphic rocks: Serpentinites, albite-epidote-chlorite-quartz schists, slates, talc- tremolite-calcite-quartz schists.

Unit-3: Medium to high grade metamorphic rocks: Gneisses, amphibolites, hornfels, garnetiferous schists, sillimanite-kyanite-bearing rocks.

Unit-4: High Grade metamorphic rocks: Granulites, eclogites, diopside-forsterite bearing rocks.

Unit-5: Laboratory Exercises in Plotting Mineral Chemistry Data:
Determination of pressure-temperature conditions using various net-transfer and exchange reactions.

Unit-6: Preparation and Interpretation of Equilibrium Phase Diagrams:

Suggested Readings :

  1. Vernon, R. H. and Clark, G. L, 2008, Principles of Metamorphic Petrology (1 st  Edition), Cambridge.
  2. Passchier, C., and Trouw, R. A. J., 2005, Microtectonics (2 nd  Edition), Springer.
  3. Popular equilibrium phase calculation software resources accessible via: Link

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