Metamorphic and Field Geology

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Metamorphic and Field Geology

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEOS2080 and GEOS2190

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course examines the geological processes of deformation and metamorphism. The practical component of this course focuses on introducing the key concepts behind metamorphic phase equilibria and mineral textural relationships. The course will provide students with the knowledge required to link metamorphism to structural studies (assumed knowledge from GEOS2190). This will result in an enhanced understanding of tectonic processes responsible for reworking continental regions. The field component provides an advanced field course in metamorphic and structural analysis and interpretation of complex, multiply deformed geological terrains. Detailed fieldwork will be augmented with microstructural analysis using thin sections, to determine a pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) history of the region, so that a tectonic setting can be evaluated.
    NOTE: Field study will be scheduled prior to the formal commencement of semester.
    1. Observe and characterise metamorphic mineral assemblages.
    2. Develop an understanding of metamorphic phase equilibria.
    3. Develop a high degree of mapping skills.
    4. Develop skills for microstructural interpretation.
    5. Learn to present geological information in the form of a scientific report.
    6. Develop research and communication skills and be able to present written reports.
    Lecture Component
    Principles of metamorphism.
    Metamorphic rocks and facies..
    Metamorphic mineral textures and microstructure.
    Metamorphic phase equilibria.
    P-T paths and tectonic environments.
    Multi deformation - structural inheritance
    Field Component:
    8 days of high-level field mapping in a complex, multi deformed and metamorphosed geological environment. A major aim of the exercise is to unravel the geological and tectonic evolution of the region and write up as a report.
    In Term Test: Class Examination
    Report: Field Report and Map

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.