|Fakulteit||Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences|
Fundamental concepts in mineralogy, and practical applications of mineralogy, including: the basics of crystal structure; the crystallographic groups; the rules of atomic substitution; phase transitions and phase diagrams; the structure and uses of olivine, pyroxene, feldspar, amphibole, mica, aluminosilicates, garnet, cordierite, and more uncommon mineral groups such as oxides, sulphides and carbonates; the calculation of mineral formulae from chemical analyses using various methods. Practical sessions: the basics of optical mineralogy and the use of transmitted light microscopy for thin section examination of minerals and rocks; the practicals will develop mineral identification skills for the minerals covered in the lectures, and cover basic textural identification.
|Prerequisites||CMY 117, CMY 127, GLY 155, GLY 163, (WTW 158 or WTW 114) and PHY 114|
|Contact time||2 practicals per week, 4 lectures per week|
|Language of tuition||Module is presented in English|
|Period of presentation||Quarter 1|
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