12.109 | Fall 2005 | Undergraduate


Course Description

This undergraduate petrology course 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. The emphasis of the course is on the use of chemistry and physics to interpret rock forming processes.
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Graphic granite.
The texture of intergrown feldspar and quartz granite known as “graphic granite” has often been compared to cuneiform writing. (Image courtesy of MIT OpenCourseWare.)