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Course Name
Turkish Mineraloji ve Petrografi
English Mineralogy and Petrography
Course Code
JEF 232E Credit Lecture
Semester -
- 2 - 2
Course Language English
Course Coordinator Mehmet Keskin
Course Objectives Minerals are the “bricks” of materials that make up the earth and all other solid bodies in the universe. They also make up various rocks. Minerals are also the raw materials on which much of the society’s technological development and economic productivity are based. Therefore, they are of crucial importance to human civilization.
Most of the minerals are solid crystalline substances. Studying minerals helps us to understand the origin of the Earth and the processes which have been shaping it.
The aim of this course is to teach the students of the Dept. of Geophysical Engineering the classification, occurrence, composition, origin, formation and economical importance of the minerals, as well as the igneous and metamorphic rocks.
The course specifically focuses on the description and classification of minerals and igneous/metamorphic rocks with special reference to their origin and distribution in the Earth’s crust and mantle.
Course Description For earth scientists and specifically for Geophysical Engineers, a basic knowledge of mineralogy and petrograpy of the igneous & metamorphic rocks is of crucial importance because only it can provide them with vital information about nomenclature and classification of minerals & rocks, basic terminology and a number of other important issues e.g. understanding the origin of minerals and rocks, tectonic setting in which they occur and their geological evolution.
Course Outcomes By the end of the term, the students will be able to recognize hand specimens of common minerals and igneous/metamorphic rocks, which are either economically or scientifically important. This background is crucial for the students to understand other courses they will take in their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. They will also be able to recognize, classify & name the rocks and minerals during their field studies.
Required Facilities Power Point Slides of the lectures, books and a Mineralogy-Petrography laboratory where they will be able to study on characteristic mineral/rock (igneous and metamorphic) specimens.
Other Teaching Methods
Tutoring, interactive teaching by utilizing slides with rich graphical material, selected books. Laboratory work on minerals/rocks.
Textbook Klein, C. & Dutrow, B., 2007. Manual of Mineral Science, 22nd or 23rd Edition, 641 pages.
Winter, J.D. (2014). Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Second Edition, Pearson Education Limited, 737 P. ISBN 10: 1-292-02153-5.
Le Maitre, R.W. (2002). Igneous Rocks: A Classification and Glossary Terms, 2nd Edition, Cambridge Univ. Press, 236 p.
Other References John W. Anthony, Richard A. Bideaux, Kenneth W. Bladh, and Monte C. Nichols, Eds., 2003. Handbook of Mineralogy, Mineralogical Society of America, Chantilly, VA 20151-1110, USA. http://www.handbookofmineralogy.org/ , 4129 pages.

Putnis, A., 2003. Introduction to Mineral Sciences, Cambridge University Press, 457 pages.
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