Max W. Schmidt: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Prof. Dr. Max W. Schmidt
Inst. für Geochemie und Petrologie
ETH Zürich, NW E 81.1
Clausiusstrasse 25
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 79 88
Fax+41 44 632 16 36
DepartmentEarth Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

651-0254-00LSeminar Geochemistry and Petrology0 credits2SO. Bachmann, C. Chelle-Michou, M. W. Schmidt, M. Schönbächler, D. Vance
AbstractSeminar series with external and occasional internal speakers addressing current research topics. Changing programs announced via D-ERDW homepage (Veranstaltungskalender)
ObjectivePresentations on isotope geochemistry, cosmochemistry, fluid processes, economic geology, petrology, mineralogy and experimental studies. Speakers (mostly from abroad) will provide students, department members and interested guests insight into current research topics in these fields.
ContentWöchentliches Seminar mit Fachvorträgen eingeladener oder interner Wissenschafter, vornehmlich zu Themen der Geochemie, Isotogengeologie, Hydrothermalgeochemie, Lagerstättenbildung, Petrologie, Mineralogie und experimentelle Studien.
651-1091-00LColloquium Department Earth Sciences0 credits1KM. W. Schmidt
AbstractInvited speakers from the entire range of Earth Sciences.
ObjectiveSelected themes in sedimentology, tectonics, paläontology, geophysics, mineralogy, paleoclimate and engineering geology on a regional and global scale.
ContentAccording to variable program.
Lecture notesNo
Prerequisites / NoticeNote: Geologisches Kolloquium 651-1091-01 K: The presentations are held in German. Membership of the Geological Society in Zurich is not required.
651-3002-01LEarth Science Excursions I Information
No registration through myStudies. The registration for excursions and field courses goes through only.
1 credit2PM. W. Schmidt, O. Bachmann, A. Gilli, S. Heuberger, L. Nibourel, I. Stössel
ObjectivePraktisches Lernen geologischer Begriffe im Feld.
ContentExkursionen zu klassischen und illustrativen Lokalitäten in verschiedenen tektonischen Einheiten der Schweizer Alpen und benachbarten Gebieten wie Ostjura, Subalpine und Mittelland-Molasse, Glarner Alpen, Kaiserstuhl und Hegau, Gotthard, Verzasca (Tessin). Demonstration lithologischer, sedimentologischer, tektonischer, metamorpher, chronostratigraphischer, plutonisch/vulkanischer und paläontologischer Aspekte in den genannten Regionen. Diskussion von Naturgefahren wie Felsstürze und Hochwasser.
Lecture notesUnterlagen zu den verschiedenen Tagesthemen.
LiteratureVorlesungsunterlagen von Dynamische Erde I und II, Geologie der Schweiz.
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW
651-3503-00LMagmatism and Metamorphose II4 credits2V + 1UP. Ulmer, M. W. Schmidt
AbstractThis course represents the continuation of Magmatism and Metamorphism I and concerns the generation and evolution of igneous rocks as well as the metamorphism of igneous and sedimentary rocks as products of geodynamic processes operating within the Earth´s interior.
ObjectiveThe course is a continuation and further deepening of the contents presented in Magmatism and Metamorphism I. This course combines petrography, geochemistry, experimental and theoretical petrology as well as petrophysics to assess fundamental igneous and metamorphic processes controlling the generation and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks in time and space. Here the following themes and relationships are presented and detailed: Principles of (1) chemical systems and reactions; (2) Intraplate magmatism; (3) the role of oxygen fugacity in Earth material´s cycles; (4) physical properties of magmas and their impact on magma segregation, differentiation, ascent and emplacement . A quantification of igneous and metamorphic processes (the latter mainly on meta-basalts) based on modal mineralogy, geochemistry, phase petrology and thermodynamic principles is assessed and further promoted in the accompanying homework and exercises.
Content- Principles and fundamental understanding of chemical systems and reactions ("Schreinemaker")
- Alkaline intraplate magmatism (hot spots and rifts)
- Oxygen fugacity: Reduction and oxidation of Earth materials and the deep mantle
- Structures and physical properties of melts and magmas
- Metamorphism of basalts
- LMI – Layered mafic intrusions – Example of magma differentiation
Lecture notesLecture notes and homework are provided and additional material is made available on Moodle
LiteratureAs supplementary material we recommend the book by J.D. Winter. «Principles of Igneous and metamorphic petrology», Prentice Hall, 2001.
Prerequisites / NoticeIn order to attend the course Magmatism and Metamorphism II, previous attendance of the course Magmatism and Metamorphism I (or equivalent) is required.

The delivery of 7 acceptably solved homework assignments is required, 9 acceptably solved homeworks well lead to a bonus of 0.25 points for the final grade.

The end of term examination will take place in week 23, i.e. the week after the end of lectures, at the time of the lecture.
651-3600-00LMicroscopy of Rocks Fundamentals Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 48.

Course with required attendance. Unexcused absence can lead to exclusion from the course.
2 credits2PM. W. Schmidt, M. G. Fellin
AbstractUse of the polarizing microscope and understanding of diagnostic optical properties as required to identify minerals and hence give a rock its proper name. Application of the main optical properties to recognize and name the common rock-forming minerals and structures in magmatic, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
ObjectiveReady to use the polarisation microscope for a rock series as may e.g. be required in the BSc thesis. Ability to identify unknown minerals on the basis of their optical properies. Understand the relation of a macroscopic hand speciment and its thin section in the microscope.
Lecture notesSkript of ~50 pages as handout in 1st lecture,
handouts with tasks during the practical each lecture,
homework assignments will be distributed in most lectures
Prerequisites / NoticeFirst course in microscopy. This course is required for all further microscopy courses.

Presence is obligatory !
Obligatory homework
Examination in two parts in the last week of the term, 20 min for answering 2 out of 3 theoretical questions (script contains all relevant material), 1 hour to describe one thin section.
651-3684-00LGeological Field Course III: Crystalline Rocks Information
Priority is given to D-ERDW students. If space is available UZH Geography and Earth System Sciences students may attend this field course at full cost.
3 credits4PM. W. Schmidt, P. Ulmer
Prerequisites / NoticeBSc Geography and Earth System Sciences students UZH may attend this field course at full costs (no subsidies).

Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW