Igneous Rocks of the Continental Lithosphere

Stephen Nelson, Department of Geology

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