Undergraduate course

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOV242
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Objectives and Content

The course reviews igneous activity in different plate-margin environments, including continental rifts, oceanic spreading ridges, subduction zones and continental collision zones as well as within tectonic plates. An introduction is given to the processes that lead to the formation of magma in the Earth¿s mantle and crust, processes that modify magma and processes that take place during the crystallisation of igneous rocks. The mineralogical and textural changes that take place in ordinary crustal rocks under different metamorphic conditions, for instance around shallow igneous intrusions, at spreading ridges, in subduction zones and during continental collisions, are also described

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course a student should be able to:

- Explain the formation of magma by partial melting of mantle and crustal rocks

- Give an account of magmatic differentiation, hybridisation and contamination

- Give an account of the connection between the nature of magmatic activity and the plate-tectonic environment

- Interpret simple geochemical variation diagrams for igneous rock series

- Describe and interpret the textures of igneous and metamorphic rocks

- Give an account of the different metamorphic environments and products

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles of mineralogy and petrography, as well as knowledge in microscopy

Forms of Assessment

 Grading of student portfolio

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Student Adviser, Department of Earth Science: studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no