Mineralogy and Lithology Practicals

A.Y. 2017/2018
Lesson for
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Knowledge and understanding: learning the scientific method to observe, describe and classify minerals and rocks
Applying knowledge and understanding: basic knowledge of the principal rock forming minerals and lithotypes
Making judgements: ability to cross-correlate observations and phenomenological knowledge to formulate diagnoses
Communication skills: ability to write a report on mineral and rock features as observed in laboratory and in the field
Learning skills: ability to approach phenomenological studies; basic knowledge in view of advanced learning in mineralogy and petrography

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Field activity: 12 hours
Practicals: 72 hours
Lessons: 24 hours
Turno I A Laboratorio Rocce
Professor: Fumagalli Patrizia
Turno I B Laboratorio Rocce
Professor: Bersezio Riccardo
Turno I Laboratorio Minerali
Professor: Merlini Marco
Turno II A Laboratorio Rocce
Professor: Fumagalli Patrizia
Turno II B Laboratorio Rocce
Professor: Bersezio Riccardo
Turno II Laboratorio Minerali
Professor: Merlini Marco
Synopsis: the rock forming minerals. Observation of main features in minerals and rock samples. The main features of crystals. Chemical and physical features of minerals. Introduction on analytical methods in mineralogy. Systematic mineralogy. Ore and industrial minerals.
Lithology Practicals
This Laboratory Course introduces Students to observation, description, classification and basic interpretation of Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic Rocks, both on hand specimen and on outcrops.
1) textures and mineralogical composition of Igneous Rocks
2) classification of Igneous rocks
3) Igneous process: silicate melts, properties and crystallization; field relations of intrusions and volcanic rocks bodies
4) components, textures and structures of Sedimentary Rocks
5) classifications of sedimentary rocks
6) sedimenatry rocks as geological materials
7) cycle of sedimentary rocks in their lithosphere/atmosphere context
8) basic concepts on diagenesis and Sedimentary Rocks petrogenesis
9) Sedimentary Rocks in the outcrops: field methods for analysis of lithotypes
10) Fabric, composition and Classification of Metamorphic rocks
11) Metamorphism: variables, metamorphic facies, types of metamorphism
Lesson period
Second semester
Lesson period
Second semester
Assessment methods
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Thursday h: 15-17; Friday h: 10-12
Teacher's Office, via Mangiagalli, 34