EOSC 322 · Metamorphic Petrology

Deciphering lithospheric processes as recorded by the mineralogy, chemistry and textures of metamorphosed rocks. [2-3-0]
Prerequisite: EOSC 221.

Course Availability & Schedule

Learning Goals

  1. Apply principles of equilibrium thermodynamics to evaluate the conditions for formation of metamorphic mineral assemblages.
  2. Assess petrogenetic evolution and Pressure-Temperature-time progression from metamorphic rock textures and mineral assemblages.
  3. Relate changes in mineral content and texture across a metamorphic suite or map area to processes of metamorphism.
  4. Differentiate mineralogical changes due to variable bulk composition from those that result from temperature, pressure, and imposed chemical potential.
  5. Describe using metamorphic processes, the mechanisms by which heat, mass and fluid are transported in the Earth’s crust, and relate them to their plate tectonic environment.


Greg Dipple


Yardley, BWD An Introduction to Metamorphic Petrology
Recommended Reference Text: D. Perkins and K.R. Henke, Minerals in Thin Section

Lecture Topics

Week Topic Readings
1 Terminology, Driving Forces Chapter 1
2 Thermodynamics Chapter 2
3 Phase Diagrams Chapter 2
4 Regional Metamorphism of Pelites Chapter 3
5 High T, Low P Metamorphism of Pelites Chapter 3
6 Meta-Basites, SeaFloor Hydrothermal Systems Chapter 4
7 Midterm Break
8 Metamorphism of Siliceous Limestones
9 Mid-Term Exam Chapter 5
10 Siliceous Dolomites Chapter 5
11 Mass Transport - Advection and Diffusion Chapter 6
12 Heat Flow Chapter 6
13 Time Dependence, Evolution of Metamorphic Systems Chapter 7
14 Tectonism and Metamorphism Chapter 7



Week Topic
1 None
2 Rock & Minerals Review
3 Minerals & Textures
4 Barrovian Metapelites
5 Barrovian Metapelites(continue)
6 Pelitic Hornfels & Migmatites
7 Metabasites
8 Spring Break
9 Marbles, Skarns,and Calc-Silicates
10 Mylonites and Geothermobarometry
11 Lab Test - Guidelines Posted Here Final Project Assigned
12 Final Project
13 Final Project
14 Final Project Due