Advanced Igneous Petrology OpenCourseWare: A Free Grad-Level Geology Course by MIT on the Study of Igneous Rocks

Published Jan 14, 2009

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Study rocks formed from cooling magma in this free online OpenCourseWare from MIT. In 'Advanced Igneous Petrology,' students will learn about the different physical properties of igneous rocks and what those properties reveal about the rocks' origin and evolution. This graduate-level course is well suited for students studying Geology, Chemistry or Mineralogy.

Advanced Igneous Petrology: Course Specifics

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Advanced Igneous Petrology: Course Description

'Advanced Igneous Petrology' introduces graduate students interested in Geology and Chemistry to the study of igneous rocks. An igneous rock is formed when magma, or molten rock, cools. By studying their composition and texture, students will learn about the origin and development of igneous rocks. This free OpenCourseWare, offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, covers major topics in the study of igneous rock, including the origin and composition of magma and the chemical processes occur in the creation of igneous rocks. Students will learn to how make inferences about regional and global geology from the study of igneous rocks. A background in mineralogy is recommended for this course. This course is taught by Professor Timothy Grove of MIT.

Study materials and sample lab exercises are available on the course website. To learn more, visit the petrology of igneous rocks course page.

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