Petrogenesis and tectonics

Undergraduate 3rd year – 15 credits, Course code GG5127
Start Spring term period 1
Language: English

The course addresses different magmatic and metamorphic processes and their coupling to plate tectonics such as the formation of magmas, their movement and evolution, and how the composition of magma is governed by plate tectonic environments. Metamorphism, the chemical reactions occurring during metamorphism, how these are used to constrain pressure and temperature, as well as the role fluids play during these processes, are presented.

The physical and chemical properties of Earth’s lithosphere and mantle, which govern the movements of the continental plates, are emphasized.

The schedule for the spring 2018 term is available on TimeEdit

Course Director

Victoria PeaseVictoria Pease
Department of Geological Sciences

Stockholm University
106 91 Stockholm


Office: R429
Office hours: Wednesdays 10.00–11.00

Admission requirements

Knowledge equivalent to 90 credits in Geology or Geoscience, including Geology 30 credits (GG2006), Mineralogy and petrology 15 credits (GG4019), Sedimentary petrology 5 credits (GG4020/GG4014/GG4144) and Structural geology 7.5 credits (GG4032/GG4232).


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Available only in Swedish.


Course description

Detailed description of Petrogenesis and tectonics course.

Course literature

J. D. Winter, 2013
Principles of igneous and metamorphic petrology
Pearson New International Edition
ISBN10: 1292021535
ISBN13: 9781292021539

A.R. Philpotts och J.J. Ague, 2009
Principles of Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Edition: 2nd
ISBN‐10: 0521880068
ISBN‐13: 978‐0521880060

Field trip

A one week excursion to the Island of Mull (Scotland) is included. On Mull we will study magamatic, metmamorphic, and tectonic processes preserved within the rock record.


The final grade will be based on the following:
Oral presentation 10 % – the oral presentation summarizing a specific tectonic setting will be assessed with group and instructor feedback. The student presentation requires i) a written summary (1 A4 page maximum) of the articles used due at the beginning of the presentation, ii) a presentation which coherently integrates the igneous, metamorphic, and structural evolution of a specific tectonic setting, and iii) a demonstrated knowledge and comprehension of the reading assignments via your presentation and direct queries. A point system will be used.
Laboratory excercise 40% – performance in the laboratory will result in a written product which should demonstrate your understanding and successful completion of the exercises. A point system will be used.
Written exams 50% – there will be a written exam at the end of each moment. A point system will be used.

Department of Geological Sciences
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