GEOL 317 - X-Ray and Clay Mineralogy
X-ray and clay mineralogy is an integrated and detailed study of the nature of clay minerals and the methods of x-ray analysis. Through projects, lectures, and readings, students gain a thorough knowledge of x-ray diffraction and x-ray fluorescence analytical techniques, and the mineralogy of clays and related minerals. Topics include x-ray diffraction and x-ray fluorescence theory and applications; computer modeling of x-ray patterns; the structure and chemistry of clay minerals, their origin, and occurrence; clays and the origin of life; and the role of clays in weathering. Students complete an original research project making extensive use of the department’s modern x-ray facilities.
Prerequisites: GEOL 201
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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