12.490 Advanced Igneous Petrology

As taught in: Fall 2005

Image of a pillow basalt formation glowing red.
Pillow basalts form when volcanic magma erupts into much cooler air/water and harden rapidly as they flow. (Image courtesy of USGS.)




Prof. Timothy Grove

Course Highlights

This course features lab exercises and a complete reading list.

Course Description

Advanced Igneous Petrology covers the history of and recent developments in the study of igneous rocks. Students review the chemistry and structure of igneous rock-forming minerals and proceed to study how these minerals occur and interact in igneous rocks. The course focuses on igneous processes and how we have learned about them through studying a number of significant sites worldwide.