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Part IB Earth Sciences B

Earth Sciences ‘B’ will introduce you to the physical and chemical principles that ‘solid Earth’ mineralogists, petrologists, geophysicists and geochemists use to understand how the Earth works, formed and differentiated; and how it has subsequently evolved. This is a self- contained course and you will find that, as the year goes on, there are important links between the different elements that are taught in each term. Earth Sciences B will provide you with some of the background that you will need for Part II & III Earth Sciences, and in particular for any advanced courses in metamorphic and igneous petrology; volcanology; mineralogy, geophysics and tectonics.

The skills that you will develop through the year will not only be intellectual (for example, in understanding theoretical elements of the course); but also practical (in particular, the ability to recognise and identify minerals in thin section and hand specimen; to interpret rock textures and model datasets). You will also be exposed to case studies of a number of important geological regions (including the Himalayas and the British Tertiary Volcanic Province). These examples will help you develop the essential geological skills of weighing up different sets of observations; comparing them with simple models and thereby developing an understanding of how these regions have evolved through time, and the processes that have controlled this evolution.

Dr Marie Edmonds, Part IB Earth Sciences B Course Co-ordinator