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2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ERS 433 - Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Using field relationships, rock textures, and chemical systems, we take a qualitative and quantitative system-based approach to exploring rock-forming processes within Earth’s crust and mantle.  In keeping with the fact that modern understanding of igneous and metamorphic processes requires use of microscopes and microanalysis, students will use petrographic and electron microscopes to make observation and gather data related to mineral chemistry and textures in preparation for later analysis.  This course also develops aspects of scientific methodology, including classification schemes and data collection, management, and analysis.  Several weekend field trips are required.

Prerequisites: ERS 330.

Course Typically Offered: Fall, Even Years

Credits: 4