Structure of the Earth and the Origin of Magmas

Stephen Nelson, Department of Geology

This set of lecture notes covers several topics relating to the earth's interior. Seismic waves and the earth's internal structure are discussed. Several mechanisms for the origin of magma are offered. These lecture notes are in outline form with definitions and instructive diagrams. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection.

Part of the Cutting Edge collection. The NAGT/DLESE On the Cutting Edge project helps geoscience faculty stay up-to-date with both geoscience research and teaching methods.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Igneous Processes, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Structural Geology, Geochemistry:Radioisotopes
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Maps, Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Geologic Setting: Mantle, Core, Continental Crust
Topics: Solid Earth:Petrology:Igneous Processes, Geochemistry, Solid Earth:Structural Geology, Petrology:Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Solid Earth, Geochemistry:Radioisotopes
Solid Earth Processes: Volcanism
Theme: Teach the Earth:Teaching Topics:Plate Tectonics, Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Petrology, Geochemistry, Structural Geology
Tectonic Setting: Hot Spot, Continental Arc, Mid-Ocean Ridge, Island Arc, Continental RiftKeywords: geothermal gradient, solidus, anatexis, diverging plate boundary, converging, intraplate magmatism