Igneous Rocks of the Continental Lithosphere

Stephen Nelson, Department of Geology

These lecture notes present a discussion of mineralogical classification of granitic rocks, definitions of hypersolvus and subsolvus granites, tectonic and chemical classification, and depth of emplacement of granites. Other topics include pegmatites, continental rhyolites, origin of large volumes of silicic magma, continental flood basalts, continental rift valleys, evolution of rock suites, and peralkaline rhyolites. The notes are in outline format and contain instructional figures, including ternary diagrams. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Geochemistry, Volcanology, Geoscience:Geology:Structural Geology, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Igneous Processes, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Geoscience:Geology:Tectonics, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Maps, Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Grade Level: College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Classes of Earth Materials: Plutonic Rocks, Volcanic Rocks
Course Type: Upper Level:Mineralogy, Petrology
Geologic Setting: Continental Crust, Mantle
Topics: Solid Earth:Petrology:Geochemistry, Igneous Associations and Tectonic Settings, Volcanology, Igneous Processes, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Solid Earth, Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Solid Earth:Structural Geology
Solid Earth Processes: Volcanism, Plutonism
Tectonic Setting: Continental Arc, Continental Rift