2023-2024 Catalog

GEOL 200 Earth and Planetary Materials

Introduction to the crystallographic, structural, and chemical characteristics of rock-forming minerals. Consideration of the processes and variables that control mineral formation. Igneous, metamorphic, hydrothermal, and sedimentary environments in which common minerals form. X-ray powder diffraction techniques used to identify earth materials and to determine unit-cell dimensions. Laboratory includes discovery-oriented exercises in X-ray diffraction, mineral identification, and crystallography, as well as high-temperature experiments in phase equilibria. Lecture/laboratory.


Any 100-level geology course and elementary chemistry, or permission of instructor