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Metamorphic Processes


Module description

Choosing this module will enable you to develop a thorough understanding and appreciation of the current state of research in metamorphic processes and where those activities are focused.

Through completing a theoretical and practical assessment, you will gain experience in assimilating information from the literature and knowledge gained from practical work and be able to present it in a coherent and intelligible manner.

Metamorphic Processes will introduce the concepts of current research ideas into petrogenesis of metamorphic rocks. The module will show you the importance of structural and textural development and how these relate to tectonic movements on the mega, meso and micro-scale.

You will integrate data gained from thin-section analysis and begin to understand the complexities of multiple deformational events recorded in suites of metamorphic rocks. This advanced module will extend your knowledge and develop your understanding of current research ideas regarding structural and textural features to metamorphic processes such as mineral growth during plate tectonic movements and mountain building.

Indicative module content

  • Thermodynamics and mineral reactions
  • Geothermometry/Geobarometry
  • Patterns of low-grade metamorphism in metapelitic and metabasic rocks
  • Isotopic dating of low-grade metamorphic rocks
  • P-T-t paths and Tectonic Environment, heat and fluid flow
  • Metamorphic textures and processes
  • High temperature metamorphism and anatexis
  • Metamorphic core complexes and gneiss domes
  • Metamorphism and mountain belts
  • Deep crustal processes - eclogites and blueschists

Learning objectives

By completing this module, you will:

  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of metamorphic processes and how these relate to tectonic movements on a local and global scale
  • have knowledge of cutting-edge developments in contemporary metamorphic processes and petrology from active researchers in the field.