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GEOL 593 K5 - Advanced Studies in Geology - Composition of the Mantle

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Work may be taken in the following fields: (a) general geology; Field trip fee may be required for this section. (b) engineering geology; (c) geomorphology and glacial geology; (d) clay mineralogy; (e) ground-water geology; (f) geomicrobiology; (g) geological fluid dynamics; (h) mineralogy and crystallography; (i) paleontology; (j) geochemistry: (k) geophysics; (l) petrography and petrology; (m) sedimentology; (n) stratigraphy; (o) oceanography; (p) submarine geology; (q) structural geology and geotectonics; (r) mathematical geology; (s) sedimentary petrography; (t) petroleum geology; (u) coal geology; (v) isotope geology and geochronology; (w) electron beam analysis; (x) vulcanology; (y) environmental geology; and (z) planetology. Course Information: Additional fees may apply. See Class Schedule. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Special Instructions:

Composition of the mantle strongly affects the style and evolution of planet Earth. However, major questions remain on the nature of mantle composition and its origin. In this course, we will discuss the evolving views on this topic, including those based on geochemistry, geophysics and geodynamics. We will read representative papers on these lines of studies, discuss the different viewpoints, as well as design possible geodynamic tests. Instructor will present short lectures on each line of discussion, and students will lead weekly discussions.

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Fall


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