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.
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The following concepts will be in focus:
- Igneous petrology
- Sediment petrology incl. siliciclastic rocks, carbonate rocks and diagenesis
- Metamorphic petrology
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
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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.
Course coordinator:Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Course teacher:Ingrid Carita Augustsson
Study Program Director:Lisa Jean Watson
Programme coordinator:Karina Sanni
Course teacher:Udo Zimmermann
Head of Department:Alejandro Escalona Varela
Method of work
Participation in all teaching-based course work is highly recommended due to laboratory exercises in all teaching hours.
6 hours combined theory and laboratory exercises per week.