ErSE 221 Magmatic Systems

The course discusses magmatic processes in the Earth and the rocks formed by them from different perspectives.

Magmatism in the geological framework: Understanding how melts are formed and how they are related to solid earth plate tectonic processes. We will cover all major geodynamic settings in which magmatism occurs and see how different processes result in different geochemical rock compositions. Additionally, we will evaluate different volcano types that form by different magmatic processes, their eruptive products and their associated volcanic hazards.

Different petrological and geochemical techniques: Petrography of igneous rocks (hand specimen, thin sections), igneous geochemistry (major elements, trace elements, volatile), fluid and melt inclusion analytics.

The course will consist of a series of lectures and practical work in the form of rock descriptions, microscope work and geochemical exercises