Metamorphic and Field Geology
|Course code GEOS3330||Units 10||Level 3000||Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences|
This course examines the geological processes of deformation and metamorphism. The practical component of this course focuses on introducing the key concepts behind metamorphic phase equilibria and mineral textural relationships. The course will provide students with the knowledge required to link metamorphism to structural studies (assumed knowledge from GEOS2190). This will result in an enhanced understanding of tectonic processes responsible for reworking continental regions. The field component provides an advanced field course in metamorphic and structural analysis and interpretation of complex, multiply deformed geological terrains. Detailed fieldwork will be augmented with microstructural analysis using thin sections, to determine a pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) history of the region, so that a tectonic setting can be evaluated.
NOTE: Field study will be scheduled during the mid semester break.
In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.
Available in 2015
|Objectives||On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:|
1. Observe and characterise metamorphic mineral assemblages.
2. Develop an understanding of metamorphic phase equilibria.
3. Develop a high degree of mapping skills.
4. Develop skills for microstructural interpretation.
5. Learn to present geological information in the form of a scientific report.
6. Develop research and communication skills and be able to present written reports.
|Content||Lecture Component |
Principles of metamorphism.
Metamorphic rocks and facies..
Metamorphic mineral textures and microstructure.
Metamorphic phase equilibria.
P-T paths and tectonic environments.
Multi deformation - structural inheritance
8 days of high-level field mapping in a complex, multi deformed and metamorphosed geological environment. A major aim of the exercise is to unravel the geological and tectonic evolution of the region and write up as a report.
|Replacing Course(s)||This course will replace GEOS3290.|
|Transition||Not to count with GEOS3290.|
|Assumed Knowledge||GEOS2190 and GEOS2190|
|Modes of Delivery||External Mode|
|Teaching Methods||Field Study|
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 9 hour(s) per Term for Full Term|
Laboratory: for 9 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Field Study: for 70 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
|Timetables||2015 Course Timetables for GEOS3330|