GEOS2181 – Earth Materials

GEOS2181 – Earth Materials provides an introduction to the nature and analysis of minerals, rocks and soils. Atomic structure, composition, properties and classification of minerals, with special reference to the rock-forming minerals and the clay minerals. Mineral analysis techniques including chemical methods and X-ray diffraction; application of isotope studies including an introduction to radiometric dating. Genesis, analysis and classification of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rock types; chemical weathering and rock formation. Optical properties of minerals and rocks under the polarising microscope.

Session 1, 2017

6 units of credit

Hours per week: 4 - 2 hours lectures, 2 hours practicals.

Number of weeks: 12.

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Coordinator: Ian Graham


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