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12.490 Advanced Igneous Petrology, Fall 2005

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

Highlights of this Course

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.


Prof. Timothy Grove

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
3 hours / session




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