Surveys the distribution, chemical composition, and mineral associations in rocks of the Earth's crust and upper mantle, and establishes its relation to tectonic environment. Emphasis is on the use of chemistry and physics to interpret rock forming processes. Topics include dynamics of crust and mantle melting as preserved in the chemical composition of igneous rocks and minerals, the long-term record of global climate change as preserved in the minerals of sedimentary rocks, and the time-temperature-depth record preserved in minerals of metamorphosed crustal rocks.
This class has 12.108 as a prerequisite.
12.109 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by T. L. Grove.
Lecture occurs 8:00 PM to 9:30 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 54-819.
This class counts for a total of 15 credits.
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