Metamorphic and Field Geology
Not available in 2012
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
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.
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 which are suitable for use in mining and exploration.
4. Develop skills for microstructural interpretation.
5. Develop the skills to produce geological maps from field observations.
6. Learn to present geological information in the form of a scientific report.
7. Develop research and communication skills and be able to present written reports and relate knowledge to problems of the mining and resource industry.
Lecture Component (will be carried out in the field)
Metamorphic rocks and facies.
Principles of metamorphism, bulk rock compositions, pressure, temperature and fluids.
Metamorphic mineral textures and microstructure.
Metamorphic phase equilibria.
P-T paths and tectonic environments.
8 days of high-level field mapping in a complex, multiply 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.
This course will replace GEOS3290.
Not to count with GEOS3290.
GEOS2190 and GEOS2190
Modes of Delivery
Field Study: for 70 hour(s) per Term for Full Term