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Semester 1

Geomaterials (EASC08021)


Earth Science





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Course Summary

In this course we explore the fundamental nature of the material which constitutes the Earth and other planets.

Course Description

In the Mineral Science section we consider how atoms are arranged in crystalline materials and how this ultimately governs the nature of geomaterials. Interaction of crystalline materials with light, X-rays and electrons are used to introduce the theoretical and practical basis behind the polarising microscope, X-ray diffraction and electron microscope/microprobe. In Composition of the Earth we review the main groups of Earth Materials, considering (1) how structure, chemistry, physical properties, and occurrence are interrelated, (2) how earth materials are used in modern research as information sources to reveal the nature of Earth processes, and (3) introduce theoretical aspects of modern Earth Materials research (e.g. phase stability and transitions). In the final section Chemical Equilibria we consider how the stability and occurrence of geomaterials can be predicted and determined numerically using thermodynamics, and consider factors governing the rates of Earth processes at variable depths.The week-by-week schedule is given in a separate sheet available from the course Learn page.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

Assessments are based on, Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %.Coursework consists of 50% portfolio of material from practicals, and 50% take-home assessment which is given to students at the end of the course, and covers all the materials from the course (Mineral Science, Composition of theEarth, and Chemical Equilibria).- Portfolio: Thursday of Week 9, Semester 1, 12noon- Take-Home Assessment: Friday of Week 11, Semester 1, 12noon

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