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Petrology and regional geology 7.5 credits

Petrologi och regional geologi
Second cycle, O7019K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Ore Geology
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

90 credits in Geoscience.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After completing the course, the student should have knowledge and understanding of:
- rock-forming processes in a plate tectonic perspective.
- how the mineralogy and chemistry of magmatic rocks is linked to the origin and development of the magma.
- how main and trace elements, as well as isotopes and phase diagrams can be used for classification and petrogenetic analysis. 
- depositional environments for sedimentary rocks and different types of sedimentation basins.
- metamorphic processes, metamorphic facies and PT-determination.
- the Fennoscandian Shield in a plate tectonic perspective.

Modal and normative mineralogy, CIPW norm. 
Classification of magmatic rocks and tectonic environment. 
The phase rule, phase diagram. Two-component and three-component diagrams as petrogenetic tools.
Melting processes, fractionation and crystallization of magma.
Radiogenic isotopes and petrogenes.
Magmatic environments: mantle plumes, spreading ridges, subduction zones.
Alkali rocks
Sedimentary environments and sedimentary facies.
Basin development in relation to plate tectonic environment.
Metamorphic mineral associations, metamorphic mineral reactions and equilibrium.
Metamorphic facies
Geothermometers and geobarometers.
Regional geology – The Fennoscandian Shield in a plate tectonic perspective. 

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
Lectures where basic theory is presented and explained and compulsory exercises with written reports linked to the theoretical content. Project work with oral and written presentation including a critical review of scientific articles presenting plate tectonic models for the Fennoscandian Shield.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written exam and project work with graded grade and approved exercises.

Olof Martinsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Blatt, Tracy & Owens, Petrology, Freeman 2006, 3rd edition (or equivalent textbook)
Textbook in basic geology and mineralogy from previous studies

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0006Project workG U 3 4 51.50MandatoryA12
0007Written examG U 3 4 55.50MandatoryA13
0008ExercisesU G#0.50MandatoryA13

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 04 Feb 2011

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021