Petrography and Laboratory

A.Y. 2018/2019
Overall hours
Learning objectives
Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic petrology, and Laboratory
Ability to understand the genetic processes of the rocks of magmatic and metamorphic origin
Expected learning outcomes
Applying knowledge and understanding: Ability to translate the acquired skills in a broader geological context, applying the principles of rock formation to the definition of natural mineral resources.
Making judgements: Achieving autonomy in the evaluation of the physical and chemical data of the rocks in order to provide a scientifically correct description of the geological contexts
Communication skills: Ability to orally illustrate the analytical aspects and to present in writing a synthesis of the obtained knowledge
Learning skills: Ability to advancing knowledge in basic geological studies
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology with laboratory
Composition and physical properties of mantle and crust. Origin, chemical and physical characters of the magma. Equilibrium versus fractional crystallization and melting in silicatic systems. Mantle sources and mantle contamination. Magma differentiation. Assimilation. Crustal anatexis. Mixing, mingling. Orogenic plutonism. Geochemical behaviour of trace elements and isotopes in the evolution of magma. Magmatic series and geodynamic environment.
Metamorphic petrology. Metamorphic processes; temperature, pressure, deformation; the role of fluids. Metamorphic grade, facies, isograds. Contact metamorphism. Orogenic metamorphism. High pressure metamorphism: eclogites. Granulites and the genesis of the deep crust. Vapour-present and vapour absent partial melting; migmatites. Ocean floor metamorphism. P-T-time paths. Retrograde metamorphism. The protoliths of metamorphic rocks.

Different techniques for the microscopic identification of the main magmatic and metamorphic minerals based on their optical characters in polarized light. Description and genetic interpretation of the main microstructures. Criteria for the petrographic study of magmatic and metamorphic rocks in thin section.
GEO/07 - PETROLOGY AND PETROGRAPHY - University credits: 10
Field activity: 12 hours
Practicals: 36 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
Turno I
Professor: Caironi Valeria
Turno II
Professor: Caironi Valeria
Turno Unico
Professor: Caironi Valeria
Monday, 12.30 - 13.30
Via Botticelli 23, Milano
Monday 12.30-13.30
via Boticelli 23