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Lakehead 2009-2010 Academic Courses Graduate Courses (Masters and PhD) Geology Graduate Courses
Geology Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered for Master's programs. The content of certain courses may be varied from year to year.

Geology 5111      Mineral Equilibria
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Principles of phase equilibria as applied to sulphide systems. Study of mineralogically significant systems, including Fe-S, Fe-Ni-S, Fe-Zn-S, and Cu-Fe-S, and their application to ore genesis.
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Geology 5113      Geochemistry of Ore Deposits
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Selected topics including aqueous chemistry as applied to the genesis of hydrothermally emplaced ore deposits, chemical parameters of carbonate hosted Pb-Zn deposits, and chemical models for the origin of stratiform massive sulphide deposits.
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Geology 5115      Advanced Mineralogy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Application of x-ray diffraction and other techniques to mineralogical studies.
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Geology 5133      Quantitative Techniques in Structural Geology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Incremental and finite strain. Coaxial and non-coaxial strain. Determination of incremental strain, total strain, and strain histories in sedimentary rocks and tectonites. Review of total strain analysis methods applicable to crystalline and layered rock using field observations. Total strain integration as a guide to regional synthesis.
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Geology 5135      Metamorphic Processes in Crystalline Rocks
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Microscopic analysis of common mineral assemblages and textures with special emphasis on low baric types. Study of crystal dislocation theory and deformation mechanisms operative in major rock-forming minerals. P-T-E control of deformation mechanisms. Deformation, recovery and recrystallization of silicates.
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Geology 5137      Tectonics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Tectonic associations, variation in tectonic styles. Tectonic schemes, including Plate Tectonics. Precambrian orogenesis and the evolution of the Archaean crustal segments.
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Geology 5138      Tectonophysics
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Finite strain of rocks by coaxial and noncoaxial strain histories. Behaviour of rock due to large deformations. Stress and paleostress in the crust. Elastic, viscous and plastic behaviour of rock. Testing techniques and flow laws.
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
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Geology 5139      Theoretical Topics in Structural Geology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A course in theoretical aspects of structural geology such as the following: coaxial and non-coaxial strain histories; relationship of progressive deformation to the development of schistosity, folds and boudins; finite element analysis; models for the development of folds and other structures.
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Geology 5151      Advanced Topics in Igneous Petrology I
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Selected studies of the 'plutonic' regimes of continental regions. Possible topics include 'syenitic' complexes, 'granitic batholiths', 'anorthositic batholiths', layered basic intrusions, carbonatites and ulramafic plutons.
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Geology 5153      Advanced Topics in Igneous Petrology II
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Selected studies of 'volcanic' regimes of continental and oceanic regions. Possible topics include Plate Convergence volcanism, continental volcanism (including kimberlites), and oceanic volcanism.
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Geology 5155      Methods in Geochemistry
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Discussion and practice of the methods used in analytical geochemistry with emphasis upon the use of x-ray fluorescence for the major and trace element analysis of silicate rocks, and instrumental and radiochemical methods of neutron activation analysis as applied to the determination of trace elements at the ppm and ppb level.
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Geology 5157      Advanced Topics in Geochemistry
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Discussion of aspects of the geochemistry of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks with emphasis upon the controls of element distribution. Possible topics include nucleosynthesis and meteorite geo-chemistry. Sr, Nd and Pb isotope geochemistry, mantle geochemistry, geo-chemistry of the rare siderophile and chalcophile elements. Some experimental work involving neutron activation analysis or radio-tracers may be required.
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Geology 5171      Advanced Sedimentology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: A study of the texture and the primary sedimentary structures of clastic and non-clastic rocks and their use in the interpretation of depositional environments and basin analysis.
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Geology 5173      Advanced Stratigraphy
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Principles of stratigraphy and biostratigraphy with emphasis on the late Proterozoic and Phanerozoic stratigraphy of North America.
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Geology 5175      Topics in Geology
Credit Weight: 0.5
Description: Subject matter to be arranged in form of readings and seminars to suit student and faculty area of specialization.
SpecialTopic: Y
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Geology 5901 (9901)      Master's Thesis
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Geology 6000      Petrophysics
Credit Weight: 1
Description: Topics for visiting PhD students.
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