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Geology 5113 Geochemistry of Ore Deposits View Details
This course focuses on the geology and genesis of ore deposits in a variety of crustal environments. Emphasis will be placed on a systems approach to evaluating metal and fluid sources, transportation paths, and traps. Systems examined will vary by year and interest of the class.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5115 Advanced Mineralogy View Details
Application of advanced analytical methods for the characterization of minerals. Students will acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a variety of analytical techniques (XRD, SEM/EMPA, Raman, FTIR).
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5133 Structural Geology of Metamorphic Rock View Details
High-temperature deformation mechanisms, strain, microstructure and fabric development in ductile shear zones. Relationships between metamorphism and deformation.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5135 Advanced Metamorphic Petrology View Details
Analysis of mineral assemblages, mineral compositions and microstructure to constrain the temperature-pressure conditions and relative timing of metamorphism.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5137 Regional Tectonics View Details
Case studies in regional tectonics.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5151 Advanced Topics in Igneous Petrology I View Details
Selected studies of plutonic rocks of continental and oceanic regions. Possible topics include granitic batholiths, porphyry complexes, layered basic intrusions, carbonatites, ultramafic plutons and their relationship to tectonic setting and ore deposits.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5153 Advanced Topics in Igneous Petrology II View Details
Selected studies of volcanic rocks of continental and oceanic regions. Possible topics include plate convergence volcanism, continental volcanism (including kimberlites), and oceanic volcanism. The relationship between magmatism, tectonic setting and ore deposit genesis will be explored.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5155 Methods in Geochemistry View Details
Discussion and practice of the methods used in analytical geochemistry with emphasis upon the use of x-ray fluorescence for the major and trace element analysis of silicate rocks, and instrumental and radiochemical methods of neutron activation analysis as applied to the determination of trace elements at the ppm and ppb level.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5157 Advanced Topics in Geochemistry View Details
Discussion of the chemistry of sedimentary, igneous or metamorphic rocks with emphasis upon the controls of element distribution. If the course is on sedimentary rocks possible topics include: behavior of elements in the weathering, transport and diagenetic environments; provenance studies; C, O, S, Sr, Nd and Pb isotope geochemistry; and controls on chemical sedimentation. The course will consist of readings, discussion and a project applying theory covered in the course to a data set.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5171 Advanced Sedimentology View Details
Each week in class we will discuss processes and sediment present in a different depositional environment after reading approximately 10 journal articles on that environment. The readings will cover the early literature where the general ideas on how the environment operated were put forward, with some articles discussing modern refinements. Environments examined will range from braided streams to submarine fans.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5173 Advanced Stratigraphy View Details
Covers early ideas on lithostratigraphy and chronostratigraphy, discusses seismic stratigraphy and controls of relative sea-level based on work on the Gulf coast and an extensive examination of the principles controlling sequence stratigraphy.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5175 Topics in Geology View Details
Subject matter to be arranged in form of readings and seminars to suit student and faculty area of specialization.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes

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Geology 5191 Global Biogeochemical Cycles View Details
Students will investigate the cycling and interaction of carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, oxygen and water on Earth. The course will focus on the biological, physical and chemical factors that control the main biogeochemical cycles. Emphasis will be placed on describing fluxes of major elements in the soil and how humans have altered the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5193 Biological, Chemical and Physical Characterization of Soils View Details
Students will be trained in field collection of soils and laboratory analysis of select soil properties. In this course students will learn proper methods for sampling soils in the field, soil handling, storage and sample preparation. Common laboratory techniques will be used in an investigation of how land management practises affect biological, chemical and physical properties of soils. The investigation will include quality assurance and control and data interpretation. Students will be responsible for the preparation of a final report that presents, interprets and discusses their findings.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5195 Stable Isotope Geochemistry View Details
This course explores the application of stable isotopes (hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and sulphur) to environmental process and ore-forming systems. Other topics are tailored to student interest and research focus across the broad spectrum of geological, hydrological and biological questions that can be addressed using isotope techniques.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5197 Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology View Details
Overview of the most common experimental methods employed in mineralogy petrology to determine thermodynamic and physical properties and phase equilibria of minerals, mineral assemblages, magmas and fluids. The basic principals of low, moderate, high and ultrahigh pressure devices are discussed and combined with a practical introduction into the synthesis of starting materials and the evaluation of run products.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5199 Mantle Mineralogy View Details
Selected studies involving the earth’s mantle. Discussion will include mantle processes, mantle domains, mantle volatiles, the role of plate tectonics in the mantle, and magmas derived from the mantle.
Credit Weight: 0.5

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Geology 5901 (9901) Master's Thesis View Details
Credit Weight: 3.0
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail

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