Triangular Plots in Metamorphic Petrology

Stephen Nelson, Department of Geology

These lecture notes discuss the use of three component systems in metamorphic petrology. Common triangular plots used in metamorphic rocks are presented with annotated ternary diagrams. The presentation includes four criteria for reducing the number of components in a system to a workable number. There is also discussion of the issue of lost information when reducing the number of components in a system. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection.

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Subject: Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry, Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Geoscience:Geology:Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology:Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria
Resource Type: Audio/Visual:Images/Illustrations, Course Information:Course Site:Course Notes
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology
Classes of Earth Materials: Metamorphic Rocks
Course Type: Upper Level:Mineralogy, Petrology
Topics: Solid Earth, Chemistry/Physics/Mathematics, Solid Earth:Geochemistry, Petrology:Metamorphic Rocks, Thermodynamics and Phase Equilibria, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Phase Equilibria/Thermodynamics