Crystalline Rocks and Economic Geology (X429c)


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Course Description

This course explores topics associated with crystalline metamorphic rocks from an integrated field, geochemical, magnetic, and spectroscopic approach.

Mapping of an ˜2.5 – 3.4 Ga Archean metamorphic suite is augmented by integrated sets of petrographic data, whole rock and trace element geochemistry, and isotope geochemistry in addition to near and middle infrared reflectance and emission spectroscopic laboratory data for samples collected within the study area.

In addition to traditional field mapping techniques and utilization of ancillary laboratory data, work will include deployment of a field portable magnetometer and visible to near infrared spectroradiometer to aid in mapping and geologic interpretation efforts.