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GEOM08

Metamorphic Petrology and Structural Geology, 15 ECTS credits

Metamorphic processes have reshaped the crust since the formation of planet Earth. Metamorphism, involving essentially solid state reactions, takes place where rocks are subjected to temperature and pressure conditions different from those where they formed. New minerals form by chemical reactions, often in the presence of metamorphic fluids and during deformation. The rocks and their physical properties are commonly significantly changed. The rocks normally obtain entirely new mineral assemblages and textures, but depending on the conditions the change may vary from subtle to complete. Most of the crust in Scandinavia (and on Earth) is made up of metamorphic bedrock.

Studies of metamorphic rocks and deformation structures enable us to understand the build-up of the bedrock, its dynamic history and the processes that take place within the crust. Metamorphic petrology and structural geology are important disciplines in applied geology since metamorphism and deformation govern both the properties and the localization of various rocks.

This course focuses on metamorphic petrology. During the course we use different methods to investigate mineral assemblages, textures and structures in metamorphic rocks of different compositions. We work in micro- to mega scale in the study of the metamorphic build-up of mountain chains and other geological environments. The course comprises lectures, microscopy labs, article seminars and a study visit.

Required knowledge

with examples of basic literature (italic =present course literature for GEOB03; comparable standard text books will do as well)
Basic mineralogy and mineral chemistry + basic
   petrology:

      Nesse WD 2000: Introduction to Mineralogy. Oxford
      University Press.
      or
      Klein C & Philpotts A 2012: Earth Materials: Introduction to
      Mineralogy andPetrology. Cambridge University Press.

Basic polarized microscopy:
      MacKenzie and Guilford 1980: Atlas of rock-forming
      minerals in thin section.Longman.
Basic structural geology:
      Van der Pluijm & Marshak 2004: Earth Structure. Norton.
      or
      Fossen 2010: Structural Geology. Cambridge University Press.
Basic geochronology:
      Geochronology sections at www.ig.uit.no/webgeology/
      and/or
      readings from GEOM05

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application

Period: Spring semester, first part (VT1), full time studies
Admission requirements: Minimum 90 ECTS credits in Geology or Earth Sciences, including GEOB21-GEOB25, GEOB01-GEOB04 or equivalent, and GEOM05/GEOM11 Magmatic Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology, 15 credits, or equivalent. English B (advanced) proficiency.

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Kyanite- and garnet-rich eclogite (county of Halland); the result of metamorphism at extremely high pressures.
Kyanite- and garnet-rich eclogite (county of Halland); the result of metamorphism at extremely high pressures.

Folded sequence of mafic and felsic gneisses, illustrating the structural build-up of the bedrock in the area (county of Halland).
Folded sequence of mafic and felsic gneisses, illustrating the structural build-up of the bedrock in the area (county of Halland).

Kyanite-bearing eclogite under the microscope, showing incomplete mineral reactions that took place during decompression.
Kyanite-bearing eclogite under the microscope, showing incomplete mineral reactions that took place during decompression.

Folded migmatite gneiss (Bårarp quarry, county of Halland). The folding took place during Sveconorwegian collision tectonics 970 Ma ago.
Folded migmatite gneiss (Bårarp quarry, county of Halland). The folding took place during Sveconorwegian collision tectonics 970 Ma ago.