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Earth Sciences Master Information
Major in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
Restricted Choice Modules Mineralogy and Geochemistry
A minimum of two restricted choice modules must be completed in the major Mineralogy and Geochemistry.
Petrology and Volcanology
Petrology and Volcanology: Compulsory Courses
651-4032-00LVolcanologyO3 credits2VB. Ellis
AbstractThis course will discuss the processes occurring from magma generation to eruption, covering topics such as magma formation, storage, movement, evolution, ascent in conduit and eruption dynamics. The course will also discuss deposits, and will prepare students to take the volcanology field course. Finally, an introduction on volcanic hazards and volcano monitoring will be presented.
ObjectiveAfter completion of this course the students should have a good understanding of the dynamics of volcanic systems, from source to surface. The students should understand the main steps involved in generating volcanic activity on Earth, to interpret the depositional processes operating during volcanic eruptions. There will be an emphasis on interpreting volcanic deposits and the role they can play in understanding depositional processes. Students should also be able to discuss potential hazards related to a given volcanic phenomena.
ContentDuring the course, the following topics are covered:
- Basics of physical volcanology
- Physical properties of magmas
- The role of volatiles in volcanic eruptions
- Fragmentation processes
- Explosive volcanism – dynamics and deposits
- Effusive volcanism – lava flows
- Monitoring techniques used at active volcanoes
- Volcanic hazards

Some of these modules are accompanied by exercises
Lecture notesPresentation slides will be handed out
LiteraturePapers from the literature will be provided
Prerequisites / NoticeSome previous courses in igneous / hard rock geology would be helpful.
Petrology and Volcanology: Courses of Choice
651-4026-00LApplied Mineralogy and Non-Metallic Resources IIW3 credits2GR. Kündig, B. Grobéty
AbstractGeological and mineralogical aspects to important non-metallic mineral ressources. Industrial use of specific mineral ressources as well as economic, strategic and environmental aspects are discussed. Examples from all over the world with a specific focus on the non-mineral mineral ressources potential in Switzerland.
ObjectiveStudents will learn to understand the use of non-metallic mineral ressources from a geological and mineralogical point of view as well as from industrial, technical and strategical (political) point of view. Environmental aspects on the worldwide use of non-metallic mineral ressources are discussed. A special focus will be given on the situation in Switzerland.
ContentTeaching, case-studies and excursions (e.g. raw-material industry).

Course "Applied mineralogy and non-metallic ressources I" (autumn semester):
Non-metallic ressources. Occurrences, geology, extraction, properties, fabrication and use. Industrial aspects, (new) technologies, market, stock, situation, reserves & ressources, trends and developpment, environmental aspects, law.

Chapters: e.g. coal/carbon (coal, graphite, diamond, fulleren); oil/gas (oil- and tarsands, oil-shists); phosphates/nitrates; aluminum (bauxite, corundum); salt; carbonates; titanium; clay and clay minerals; sulphur; gypsum/anhydrite; fluorite; asbestos; talc; micas; rare earth elements.

Course "Applied mineralogy and non-metallic ressources II" (fall semester):
Stone and earth industry (gravel, sand, crushed stones, stones), natural stone, building stone, cement, cement-industry. Case studies in applied mineralogy.

Chapters: e.g. Stone industry - technical aspects of building stones, properties, weathering, treatment, quarries, products. Crushed stones - quarries, products, planning, environment. Gravel an sand - ressources/reserves, environment (protection/law), alternative products (substitution). Cement and concrete (geological ressources, prospection, fabrication, environment).
Lecture notesWill be given according to the lessons. Partially integration of e-learning tools.
Literature- Walter L. Pohl (2011): Economic Geology - Principles and Practice. Wiley-Blackwell, 664p.,ISBN 978-1-4443-3663-4
- Harben, P.W. (2002): The Industrial Minerals Handybook. A Guide to Markets,
Specifications & Prices. Industrial Mineral Information, London 412 S., ISBN 1-904333-04-4
- Schweizerische Geotechnische Kommission (1996): Die mineralischen Rohstoffe der
Schweiz.- Herausgegeben von der Schw. Geotech. Komm., Zürich, 522 S., ISBN 3-907997-00-X
- Geotechnische Karte der Schweiz 1:200 000, 2. Aufl. Schweiz. Geotechn. Komm.
- Trueb, L.F. (1996): Die chemischen Elemente - Ein Streifzug durch das Periodensystem. S. Hirzel Verlag, Stuttgart, 416 S., ISBN 3-7776-0674-X
- Kesler, S. E. (1994): Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment.-
Macmillan College Publishing Company, Inc., New York., 392 S., ISBN 0-02-362842-1
651-4036-00LField Excursion Module Mineral Resources
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.

No registration through myStudies. The registration for excursions and field courses goes through Link only.
W3 credits6PT. Driesner, C. Chelle-Michou
AbstractExcursion to areas of active and past mining activity and practical industry courses. Mapping relations between regional/local geology and ore deposit formation in the field and in active mines. Insight into the work of mine and exploration geologists, including geophysical measurements, geochemical data handling, economic evaluation, etc.
ObjectiveUnderstand the regional and local geology as a framework for ore deposit formation. Detailed field and drill core mapping of hydrothermal veining and alteration. Discuss actual mineral deposits and their position within this framework during mine visits. Study similarities and differences between processes leading to the formation of different ore deposit types. Obtain insight into challenges linking economic geology and mining with social and environmental constraints.
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Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW Link
651-4032-01LVolcanology Field Course Information
Number of participants limited to 20.
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.

No registration through myStudies. The registration for excursions and field courses goes through Link only.
W2 credits6PO. Bachmann
AbstractThe course complements the lecture class on physical volcanology, by providing a close look at the field characteristics of volcanic deposits. It is run in a volcanic province, typically in Europe (e.g., Iceland, Greece, Italy, Spain, Germany, France). The course focuses on the field description of many types of volcanic deposits and their edifices.
ObjectiveAfter completion of this course, the students should be able to differentiate the different types of volcanic rocks in the field, and interpret the eruptive dynamics that led to their deposition. They should also be able to provide some guidance on the type of hazards that a given volcanic edifice or province is most likely to produce.
ContentThe course involves a weeklong stay in a volcanic province, in most cases situated in Europe. A first part of the course will focus on a guided tour to look at volcanic deposits and learn the characteristics of the area. In a second stage, the students will have to complete some field exercises.
Lecture notesA field guide and scientific papers pertaining to the area of study will be distributed
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite: This course can only be taken after successful completion of 651-4032-00L Volcanology.

Studierende Geographie und Erdsystemwissenschaften bezahlen den vollen Tarif (keine Subventionen).

Students registering for the course confirm having read and accepted the terms and conditions for excursions and field courses of D-ERDW Link
651-4108-00LApplied GeothermobarometryW3 credits2GA. Galli
AbstractThis course aims to give a general introduction on the most important approaches concerning the estimates of pressure and temperature conditions in metamorphic terrains. In particular, pressure-temperature grids, conventional geothermobarometers and metamorphic phase diagrams (pseudosections) are introduced and used to reconstruct the pressure-temperature evolution for case study samples.
ObjectiveThis course provides an overview on the most used methods in modern geothermobarometry. Students will be introduced to estimates of metamorphic conditions in the field, to calculations of P and T using conventional geothermobarometers and to software for calculating phase equilibria and stable mineral assemblages with thermodynamic data. Advantages and disadvantages of each approach will be discussed with the objective that students will be able to infer the metamorphic evolution of a rock/terrain.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis course partly replaces and combines the courses “Phase Petrology” and “Computational Techniques in Petrology” of Prof. L. Tajcmanová.
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