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GEOLOGY AND PETROLEUM GEOLOGY

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GL 1505
EARTH'S MATERIALS
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M J Hole

Pre-requisite(s): GL 1005

Co-requisite(s): None

Note(s): Students with 'A' level or equivalent in geology may be exempt from this pre-requisite at the discretion of course-coordinator/Head of School.

An introduction to the petrogenesis of three major rock groups; igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary. The application of the polarizing microscope in the identification of the common rock-forming minerals. The relationship between plate tectonics and the petrogenesis of igneous amd metamorphic rocks, including types and styles of volcanic eruptions and hazards. The formation and fill of sedimentary basins and their importance in the accumulation of hydrocarbons.

10 one-hour lectures; 10 two-hour practical classes.

1 half-day fieldwork after the Easter break.

1st Attempt: 90 minute examination (50%); in-course assessment (50%). In-course assessment will include class tests in optical microscopy and mineral identification.

Resit: Examination (2 hours) including practical section (100%).