Advanced petrology: kinetic theory in petrology
3 ECTS credits
Master and Ph.D. students
2 Semester hours
Required previous knowledge:
– Basic petrology
The course will give the basics of kinetic theory and their applications to geological problems. It covers the principles of kinetics from the atomistic treatment of reaction rates and potential energy surfaces to the megascopic treatment of the kinetics of geochemical cycles. The course stresses the close relationship between reaction kinetics and reaction mechanism and emphasizes the need to view earth science phenomena as “on-going” processes, that is, to add the element of time fully to the more traditional classification of the Earth in terms of chemical or physical signatures. The student will be introduced to the origin and interpretation of microstructures and chemical zonation. Kinetics of rock-forming processes and the critical role of fluids will be central topics in lectures.
Interaction methods + brainstorms using real examples.