42:283 Optical Mineralogy [Horner]

Prerequisite: 42:160 and 42:281.

Theory and practice of non-opaque mineral identification using optical techniques. Properties of light and its interaction with mineral grains. Introduction to mineral associations and textures useful for the interpretation and origin of various rock types. Laboratory: examination and identification of major rock-forming minerals in grain mounts and thin sections using the transmitted/ polarized light microscope.

3 lecture hours per week, 3 laboratory hours per week, one term.

Instructor: Sean Horner