Processes that cause earthquakes, volcanism, mountain building, and plate tectonics. Includes Earth’s origin and internal structure, rocks and minerals, gravity and magnetics. Weekly lectures, two-hour laboratory.
Origin and classification of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Microscopic study of rocks in thin section.
Geological fieldwork in selected parts of Oregon; emphasizes mapping at several scales in sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic areas. Mapping on topographic and air-photo bases.
Introduction to geologic application of classical chemical thermodynamics. Gibbs free energy and its temperature, pressure, and composition derivatives; fugacity, activity, and chemical potential. Solutions, ideal and nonideal.
Igneous rocks of the ocean basins, continental margins, and stable continental interior including basalts, calcalkaline series, and granites. Content varies according to research interests.