GEO/07 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

This course is aimed to provide the students with the knowledge necessary to investigate in depth the processes leading to the genesis and diversification of igneous and metamorphic rocks in different geodynamic enviroments and their role in the evolution of the continental crust. To this purpose, the course introduces a variety of both modern and traditional petrologic tools and approaches.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

- understand and describe advanced petrological topics and methods;

- synthesize, interpret and critically evaluate petrological literature;

- analyze and interpret petrological data to provide constraints on relevant research problems in Earth Sciences;

- communicate results effectively to a peer audience.

Course Structure

This course consists of a series of lectures, complimented by additional practical sessions and one-day field trip, on selected topics and investigation tools from the discipline areas of igneous and metamorphic petrology. The course combines advanced theory in these disciplinary areas with case studies and applications related to current research topics, with a main focus on the origin and evolution of the continental crust.

The module of Igneous Petrology focuses on the investigation of magmatic processes, from magma genesis to emplacement and solidification in various geodynamic and tectonic settings, with a special emphasis on plutonic systems.

The module of Metamorphic Petrology deals with the formation of metamorphic rocks in different environments, with a main focus on the problems associated with estimates of metamorphic conditions and the use of these constraints in investigating the evolution of the Earth's crust.

Should teaching be carried out in mixed mode or remotely, it may be necessary to introduce changes with respect to previous statements, in line with the programme planned and outlined in the syllabus.

Detailed Course Content

IGNEOUS PETROLOGY. Aims and methods in igneous petrology. Magma generation and differentiation. Igneous phase diagrams. Textural igneous petrology. Geochemical modelling of igneous processes. Layered intrusions. Large igneous provinces. Granite petrology. Extraction, ascent and emplacement of granitoid magmas. Relationships between granitoid magmatism and tectonics.

METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY. Metamorphism and the aims of Metamorphic petrology. Metamorphism and geodynamics. Metamorphic assemblages and metamorphic reactions. Microstructures and P-T-d evolution in metamorphic rocks. Metamorphism of pelitic rocks. High-temperature metamorphism and crustal melting. Metamorphic fluids and metasomatism. The time factor in the deformation and evolution of the continental crust. The geodynamic-geologic evolution of the Calabria-Peloritani Orogen from the Late Precambrian to the Late Paleozoic.

Textbook Information

Textbook information

1) Winter J.D. (2013) Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology. - 2nd ed. Pearson.

Supplementary textbooks::

2) Philpotts, A.R., Ague, J.J. 2009. Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks. Cambridge University Press.

3) Best, M. G. 2003. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology,: 2nd ed. Oxford Blackwell Science.

4) Wilson M. 1988. Igneous petrogenesis. A global tectonic approach. Unwin Hyman.

5) Gill, R. 2010. Igneous Rocks and Processes: A Practical Guide. Wiley-Blackwell.

6) Vernon, R. H., Clarke, G. L. (2008) Principles of metamorphic petrology. Cambridge University Press.

7) Vernon R.H. (2004) A practical guide to rock microstructure. (Cambridge University Press).

Other teaching material (lecture notes, scientific articles) will be made available online during the course (Studium).

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