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Naming/Classifying Metamorphic Rocks

David Hirsch
Western WA University
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This is a two-page embodiment of the draft IUGS standard on naming metamorphic rocks. It's highly simplified, but useful for teaching metamorphic petrology.

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10-week Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology course

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Mineral identification, some textural terms (schistosity, gneissosity)

How the activity is situated in the course

Basic information at the beginning of a set of metamorphic rock labs.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Classifying rocks, identifying minerals, accurate description of textures

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Description of the activity/assignment

This is not really an activity at all, but a succinct handout describing the new IUGS metamorphic classification scheme.

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Supporting references/URLs

IUGS Subcommission on the Systematics of Metamorphic Rocks (SCMR)

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