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Microscopy of common rocks and minerals (Petrography)

  • November 21st to 25th 2016
  • UPM, Madrid
  • Spain

A one-week, hands-on introductory course of an essentially practical character, for beginners and / or professionals willing to upgrade their skills

Schedule and equipment:
40 hours student’s work (50 % following explanations or discussing with professor, 50 % student’s personal work).
Fully equipped microscopy lab, with one modern microscope for each student.

  • 1st day: Optical mineralogy. Work with the petrographic microscope. Sample preparation.
  • 2nd day: Systematic identification of common minerals (mainly silicates and carbonates).
  • 3rd day: Igneous rocks (textural characterization, classification, interpretation).
  • 4th day: Sedimentary and metamorphic rocks (textural characterization, classification, interpretation).
  • 5th day: Applications to exploration and industrial problems. Hydrothermal alteration and weathering.


Ricardo Castroviejo


Nov 21 to 25, 2016; hours 15:00 to 19:00

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