Metamorphic and Field Geology

Course code GEOS3330Units 10Level 3000Faculty 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 prior to the formal commencement of semester.

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 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
ObjectivesOn 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.
ContentLecture 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

Field Component:
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.
TransitionNot to count with GEOS3290.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeGEOS2190 and GEOS2190
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsField Study
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Practical assignments
ReportsField report and maps.
Contact HoursLecture: 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
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety and/or fieldwork induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for GEOS3330