Introduction to course:

This is an introductory metamorphic petrology course that aims to educate students to the point where they can identify metamorphic rocks in the field, use macro- and microscopic textural evidence to identify the metamorphic environment, and use the mineral assemblage to identify the protolith and place the rock in a metamorphic facies framework. The course is also designed in such a way to expose the students to the solid state transformation of pre-existing igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks into metamorphic rocks. The students will get familiar with metamorphic processes and the resulting textures and structures in the rocks. Metamorphic petrology covers the chemical and physical work done in natural systems in response to changing physical conditions. The principles of metamorphic petrology are then applied to a number of orogenic events through geologic time, and modern advances in research in metamorphic petrology are explored. The course contents include: Introduction to metamorphism, types, grades, zones and facies of metamorphism, metamorphic diffusion, study of thermal and regional metamorphism of igneous, argillaceous, calcareous and arenaceous rocks, metamorphism in relation to plate tectonics, study of textures and structures of metamorphic rocks, metamorphism and deformation, history and dating of metamorphic rocks, differentiation between metamorphism and metasomatism, paired metamorphic belts and Himalayan and pre-Himalayan metamorphism in Pakistan.

Learning Outcomes:

  • After studying this course, students will be able to recognize different rock features in metamorphic rocks of field area.
  • This course will help to understand the principles of metamorphic petrology and its application to a number of orogenic events through geologic time.
  • Students will also demonstrate a knowledge about the mechanism and types of metamorphism.

Text Books:

  1. Best, M.G., 2002, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Black Well.
  2. Roger Mason, 2001. Metamorphic petrology workbook, China University of Geosciences.
  3. Blatt, H., Tracy, R. and Owens, D., 2005, W.H. Freeman and Co. Petrology: Igneous, Sedimentary and Metamorphic.

Course Start Date: January 13, 2020

Course End Date:   May 08, 2020

Class Timing:

Monday: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Tuesday: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Assessment criteria:

Sessional: 20 (Presentation + Participation + Assignments)

Midterm exam: 30

Final exam: 50

Total: 100

  • 75 % attendance is must for the students to appear in exam of Midterm and final
  • Monthly attendance will informed to students
  • Students are required be attentive in class
  • Sessional marks would only be given according to the assigned criteria.

Course Material