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Geology 284 - Mineralogy - Fall 2015

Dr. Helen M. Lang


TENTATIVE LABORATORY SCHEDULE

Aug 18-20 How do we test and identify minerals?  What tools?  What properties?
Aug 25-27 Introduction to the Microscope and Crystallization Examples
Sept 1-3 The Petrographic Microscope, Mineral Properties in Plane Polarized Light (PPL) - (relief, cleavage, color and pleochroism)
Sept 8-10 Mineral properties in Cross-Polarized Light (XPL) - (isotropic vs. anisotropic, birefringence, extinction angle)
Sept 15-17 QUIZ - Igneous Minerals:  Quartz and Feldspars
Sept 22-24 Igneous Minerals: Olivine, Pyroxenes, Amphiboles and Micas
Sept 29-Oct 1 Asbestos Mineralogy and Health
Oct 6-8 Sedimentary Minerals:  silicates, clays, carbonates, halides, sulfates
week of Oct 14-16 Minerals and Mineralogy on the Web (sometime during the week)
Oct 22-24
QUIZ
Oct 27-29 Metamorphic Minerals
Nov 3-5 GSA Meeting in Baltimore - Labs cancelled
Nov 10-12 Economic and Ore Minerals: Native Elements, Sulfides, Oxides, etc.
Nov 17-19 Crystal Morphology and Symmetry - The Six Crystal Systems

THANKSGIVING BREAK
Dec 1-3 FINAL LAB TEST

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