2023-2024 / GEOL1036-1

Metamorphic Petrology


15h Th, 25h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in geology3 crédits 


Jacqueline Vander Auwera

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course includes the following topics:  the controlling factors of metamorphism; metamorphism of pelitic rocks, mafic rocks and calc-silicate rocks; metamorphic textures; migmatites and anatexis.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course provides a broad overview of the study of metamorphic rocks with emphasis on controlling petrologic processes.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Reference is being made to notions of thermodynamics and chemistry (CHIM0738-1, PHYS0985-1, CHIM0739-2) as well as to the topics provided in the course on "Theoretical petrology" (GEOL0026-2) and "Cristallography and Mineralogy" (GEOL1033-1, GEOL1034-1).

The courses of "Tectonics" (GEOL0029-5), " Radiocristallography" (GEOL1037-1), of  "Cristallochemistry of minerals" (GEOL1038-1) and of "Geochemistry" (GEOL0206-3) are co-requisites.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

During the labs, the main categories of metamorphic rocks are observed under the polarizing microscope and as whole rock samples. Emphasis is given to nomenclature and textures as well as to the conditions of formation.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

7 lectures of 2 hours, 6 labs of 4 hours.

Recommended or required readings

Notes are provided at the first lecture References :
-Igneous and metamorphic petrology, Best M.G.
-Petrogenesis of metamorphic rocks, Bücher, K. & Frey, M., Springer-Verlag, Berlin - An introduction to metamorphic petrology, Yardley B., Longman

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Other : Practical exam (polarising microscope) (face to face).

Additional information:

Attendance at practical work is compulsory and conditions success.
Written exam on theory.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


J. Vander Auwera-Coppens Pétrologie, Géochimie endogènes et pétrophysique, Bât. B20, 4000 Liège (Sart Tilman) Tél.: 04/366.22.53 -mailto:jvdauwera@ulg.ac.be Secretariat: Mrs M.Guadagnano and J. Schmetz Tél.: 04/366.22.51 - mailto:m.guadagnano@uliege.be, joelle.schmetz@ulg.ac.be

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