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.)


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Fall 2005



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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.

Timothy Grove. 12.490 Advanced Igneous Petrology, Fall 2005. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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