FIU- Department of Earth & Environment

Earth Materials - GLY 3202

Dr. R. Hickey-Vargas                             

Contact information:
        Office: PC 315B
        Phone: 348-3471
        e-mail: hickey@fiu.edu
        Office hours:  W 12-2, F 12-2 or by appointment

Required Text:  Introduction to Mineralogy by William D. Nesse

Schedule for Fall 2009:

Dates
Topic
Reading - Nesse
25-Aug
Introduction to earth materials
Chapter 1 and notes
27-Aug
Introduction to minerals and crystals
Chapter 2 (12-17)
1-Sept
Crystallography
Chapter 2 (6-12, 17-19)
3-Sept
Crystallography
Chapter 2 (19-29)
8-Sept
Elemental behavior, bonding
Chapter 3
10-Sept
Packing of atoms in crystals
Chapter 4 (57-64)
15-Sept
Chemical variation in minerals
Chapter 4 (65-73), Ch 5 (90-94)
17-Sept
Recalculating mineral analyses
Chapter 9
22-Sept
Physical properties - overview
Chapter 2 (34-38), Chapter 6
24-Sept
Physical properties - light related
Chapter 6 (102-108), Ch 7 (114-118)
29-Sept
Physical properties - not light related
Ch 6 (97-102, 108-113), Ch 5 (93-94)
1-Oct
X-ray diffraction by minerals
Chapter 8
6-Oct
Review

8-Oct
Lecture exam 1
Chapters 1-4, 6, 7 (parts), 8 & 9
13-Oct
Mineral optics - Intro to microscope
Chapter 7 (118-130)
15-Oct
Classification of minerals
Chapter 11 (183-185), Ch 16
20-Oct
Silicates - structural subclasses
Chapter 15, 14
22-Oct
Solid solution in silicates
Chapter 13, 12
27-Oct
Carbonates, sulfates, phosphates
Chapter 17
29-Oct
Native elements, sulfides, oxides, halides
Chapter 18, 19, 20
3-Nov
Mantle minerals
Chapter 5 (74-81) & notes
5-Nov
Igneous minerals
Chapter 11 (186-190) & notes
10-Nov
Hydrothermal minerals
Chapter 19 (379-382) & notes
12-Nov
Minerals formed by weathering
Ch 13 (255-257) & Ch 18 (371-374) & notes
17-Nov
Detrital and chemical sedimentary minerals
Chapter 11 (190-194) & notes
19-Nov
Metamorphic minerals
Chapter 11 (194-200) & notes
24-Nov
Metamorphic minerals

26-Nov
Thanksgiving holiday

1-Dec
Mineral association reports

3-Dec
Mineral association reports

Finals Weeks
Lecture exam 2, Mineral report due
Chapter 5, 11-20

Course Objectives:  In this course you will learn about the chemical and physical properties of solid earth materials, their scientific and practical uses, and the natural processes that form them.

Grading Policy: Each of the two exams is worth 1/4 of your grade for the lecture.  Several homework assignments are worth another 1/4 and the mineral association report make up the remaining 1/4 of your grade for the lecture.

Topics and Format for the Mineral Associations Report:

These are potential topics; you may also choose any association we discuss in class:

Kimberlites
Layered mafic igneous intrusions
Silica deficient igneous rocks
Felsic igneous rocks and pegmatites
Epithermal gold-silver deposits
Porphyry copper deposits
Volcanogenic sulfide deposits
Residual sedimentary associations  (soils)
Placer (detrital) sediments
Evaporites
Phosphate deposits
Pelitic metamorphic rocks
Calc-silicate metamorphic rocks
Blueschists


This is the outline for the written report and class presentation: 

1) Describe the association
2) What are the major minerals, and what are the important physical and chemical properties of those minerals
3) How does the association form?
4) Discuss a type location for the association

Format for the class presentation:

5-10 min powerpoint, followed by questions from the audience
Give sources of diagrams and figures

Format for the written report:

5-8 pages of text, double spaced, to cover all topics
Figures
Sources of all information numbered in the text and listed at the end in a reference list.  Include, authors, date, publication and pages of article or chapter in book.

Evaluation:

The report will be evaluated on the basis of: 1) completeness (all four topics covered); 2) quality of research;  3) organization and clarity of presentation.