Petrology Spring 2014   ES 4971 – 4973 Section 02 Independent Study – Petrology (4 Credits)

Meeting Time:
Tuesday and Thursday 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm, plus three weekend field trips

Meeting Place:  Science Building C-340

Prof. Charles L. Smart

Office: Science Building C-309D

Office Hours Thursday 3-4 pm




Required texts: Winter, J. Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. 2nd Edition.

Supplements: Optical Mineralogy in a nutshell. Three PowerPoints in your Lectures folder courtesy of Prof. Jane Selverstone, UNM.

My PowerPoints on Sedimentary Petrology

Prerequisite:  Geology 1200

Course objectives:  We will study the genesis of important rock types, and will examine them closely in the field and laboratory. In the laboratory, students will improved their rock identification skills with hand specimens and thin sections.

Responsibilities: During class your instructor will briefly outline the main topics in a chapter. You are expected to read each chapter and to be ready to answer questions about it in the class following.

Required Equipment:  Safety Glasses, stout boots, sunscreen, a hat, a backpack, water bottle, One “Rite in the Rain” All-weather Geological Field Book, transparent ruler/protractor, mechanical & colored pencils.       

Grading: Your grade will be based on quizzes (25%), a Final (30%), reading and homework preparedness (5%), a field project presentation (30%) , and a Lab Practicum (10%).

Field Trips (Required)

1. Cranberry Lake to the Uranium-Thorium enriched Alkaline Plugs and Sulfide Plugs of Bemco Mining District

    Route 15 in Jefferson to the Grenvillian underplating of a Volcanic Island Arc.

    Paleozoic Passive Margin and Forearc Basin Sediments in Northern New Jersey and Adjacent Pennsylvania

2. Newark Basin rift valley basalt flows, Diabase ring dikes, and fluvial and lacustrine sediments; some copper-enriched deposits due to hydrothermal and contact metamorphism.

3. Wissahickon Creek in Chestnut Hill, PA. Morning: examine the rocks of Ordovician Nappes as we approach granitic and basaltic intrusions. Afternoon: exploration of additional areas.

Field Trip weekend dates to be arranged. No fees; bring water and food. You must be capable of hiking 2 miles over rough terrain.


Week of                               Chapter                      Details  (Labs follow the reading)

1/21                                        none                             Reviews for Igneous Petrology

1/28                                         1                                  Earth’s Interior

2/4                                           2                                  Classification of Igneous Rocks

2/11                                         3                                  Textures of Igneous Rocks

2/18                                         5                                  Introduction to Thermodynamics – Gibbs free Energy

2/25                                         6                                  The Phase Rule, One and Two Component Systems

3/4                                           7                                  Two Components, water (no lab Thursday)

March 4                                                                      Last day to withdraw.

3/10 -3/17                                                                    SPRING BREAK, no classes

3/18                                         8                                  Major and Minor Elements

3/25                                         9                                  Trace Elements and Isotopes, Compatibility

4/1                                           10                                Mantle Melting, Generation of Basalts

4/8                                           21/22 (in part)            Review Metamorphism, classification of Metamorphic Rocks

4/15                                         25/26 (in part)            Metamorphism of mafic rocks, Metamorphic Reactions

4/22                                         27/28 (in part)            Thermodynamics 2 - gas phases, Metapelites

4/29                                         none                            Sedimentary Petrology PowerPoints

5/6 – 5/8                                                                      Sedimentary Rocks, Reviews, Project Presentations

5/13 - 5/15                                                                   Practicum Review, Final, Lab Practicum



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