12.109 Petrology

Fall 2005

Graphic granite.

The texture of intergrown feldspar and quartz granite known as "graphic granite" has often been compared to cuneiform writing. (Image courtesy of MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features lecture notes and laboratory exercises.

Course Description

This undergraduate petrology course surveys the distribution, chemical composition, and mineral associations in rocks of the earth's crust and upper mantle, and establishes its relation to tectonic environment. The emphasis of the course is on the use of chemistry and physics to interpret rock forming processes.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Timothy Grove

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Two sessions / week
3 hours / session