Advanced Igneous Petrology

Image of a pillow basalt formation glowing red.
Pillow basalts form when volcanic magma erupts into much cooler air/water and harden rapidly as they flow. (Image courtesy of USGS.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

12.490

As Taught In

Fall 2005

Level

Graduate

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Course Highlights

This course features lab exercises and a complete reading list.

Course Description

Advanced Igneous Petrology covers the history of and recent developments in the study of igneous rocks. Students review the chemistry and structure of igneous rock-forming minerals and proceed to study how these minerals occur and interact in igneous rocks. The course focuses on igneous processes and how we have learned about them through studying a number of significant sites worldwide.

Grove, Timothy. 12.490 Advanced Igneous Petrology, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/earth-atmospheric-and-planetary-sciences/12-490-advanced-igneous-petrology-fall-2005 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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