Fall 2022 - EASC 301 D100

Igneous Petrology (3)

Class Number: 1942

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5029, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 17, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 5039, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Derek Thorkelson
    dthorkel@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-5390
    Office: TASC 1 Room 7229
  • Prerequisites:

    EASC 205 and 208. All with a grade of C- or better.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Integrated theoretical and practical investigation of igneous rocks. Topics include melt generation, ascent and modification of magma, and solidification of magma in plutonic and volcanic environments. Emphasis will be placed on mineralogy, geochemistry and petrography. Relations between magmatic and tectonic processes will be explored.

COURSE DETAILS:

Course Outline:
This course will examine igneous rocks in the context of mineralogical and chemical composition, experimental petrology, field geology, and tectonic environment. Lectures will deal with phase relations, melt generation and transport, facies characterization, geochemical modeling, mode of emplacement, and tectonic framework. Laboratory exercises will focus on rock suites using optical microscopy and computer manipulation of geochemical analyses.

Course Topics:
1. Origin and evolution of magma.
2. Magmatism in convergent, divergent, and intraplate environments.
3. Petrologic and field characterization of igneous rocks.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • describe volcanic and plutonic rocks using macroscopic and microscopic observations;
  • classify igneous rocks according to mineralogy, geochemistry and texture;
  • describe relations among magma chemistry, temperature, volatile content, viscosity, and style of emplacement or eruption;
  • describe processes of melting, mixing, assimilation, crystallization and volatile exsolution;
  • perform petrologic calculations based on phase diagrams and geochemical compositions;
  • relate chemical and physical characteristics of magmatism to tectonic processes.

Grading

  • Laboratory 40%
  • Lecture 60%

NOTES:

Grading is subject to change within the first two weeks.

Lab assignments in this course typically require more than 3 hours to complete.  Students should realize that extra time, outside the scheduled lab period, will be required.

There will be no field trip, and no supplementary fee, associated with this offering of EASC 301.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

Students must have their own hand lens for lab.

REQUIRED READING:

Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology” (2nd edition): John D. Winter; 2010; Prentice-Hall. There are only a few differences between this version and the International version that students may have access to online.
ISBN: 978-0-321-59257-6

RECOMMENDED READING:

"Introduction to Mineralogy”; William D. Nesse; 2011; Oxford University Press’  (this is the text used for EASC 202 and 205), or any other good text on optical mineralogy.
ISBN: 978-0-19-982738-1

REQUIRED READING NOTES:

Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:

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