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ESC3421 - Volcanology and igneous petrology

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Dr Ian Nicholls


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Physical vocanology: will address volcanic eruption styles and processes, and the variety and characteristics of eruption products. Igneous petrology: will include material on the petrology and geochemistry of the Earth's mantle and crust, their melting to generate silicate magmas and the emplacement of these magmas in and on the crust; also the basics of trace element and isotope geochemistry applied to the understanding of these processes.


On completion of this unit, the student will have a knowledge of: the nature of melting processes within the Earth's interior and the way magmas move toward the surface, fill magma chambers, undergo crystallization and erupt; the physical processes which underlie volcanic activity, involving a range of magma types; the field occurrence and mineralogical/chemical nature of a range of products of magmatic activity, with emphasis on volcanic products; the distinctive geochemical features of volcanic rocks in the various global tectonic environments, and the significance of these features in terms of magma sources and evolution processes.


Practical work: 30%
Fieldwork: 20%
Examination (3 Hours): 50%

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture and one 3-hour practical class per week and one 3-day field excursion


ESC2111 and ESC2122 or permission of the Head of School


ESC3211, EC3212