GEO270 is an applied petrology course. You will learn to identify different minerals, and igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks in the microscope, and also will get exercise doing this macroscopically. You also will learn to draw conclusions from your observations. The main part of the course focuses on sedimentary rocks.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
Sediment petrology incl. siliciclastic rocks, carbonate rocks and diagenesis
An introduction to other petrographical methods than polarisation microscopy also will be given in the course.
Background on petrology
The significance of different rock types to understand the subsurface
The significance of global geological processes and applications, crystallization and diagenetic processes
How to use polarizing microscopes
How to identify common minerals in different rock types
How to use petrology for reservoir-related questions
Be able to identify rocks macroscopically and microscopically
Be able to produce geology-relevant results and interpretations from petrographic investigations
Be able to apply petrological concepts for the exploration and production of hydrocarbons or other reservoirs
Use petrographic results together with other geoscientific information for large-scale geological interpretations
Be able to communicate and explain geological elements and processes that are relevant in order to understand the structure of the Earth, petroleum systems, economic accumulations of hydrocarbons, and other related activities within engineering and science
Required prerequisite knowledge
GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate
GEO110 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, GEO120 Sedimentology and Structural Geology
Form of assessment
The course has a continuous assessment (portfolio). The portfolio is composed of 12-14 tasks during and at the end of the semester with submission deadlines of approx. 1 week for each of the assignments. Assignment resits are only available during the normal running of the course. A detailed course-activity plan that includes the portfolio will be available at semester start.
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.