cod. 1010580

Academic year 2022/23
1° year of course - Second semester
- Sandro MELI
Academic discipline
Mineralogia (GEO/06)
Discipline geologiche
Type of training activity
64 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: MINERALOGY

Learning objectives

Learning to work by means of mineralogy microscope, working in polarized transmitted light- Mineral species identification in thin section by means of mineralogy microscope


Inorganic chemistry, focussed on solid state chemistry; general and systematic mineralogy knoweledge

Course unit content

Optical properties of minerals. General behaviour of light waves. Reflection and refraction. Double refraction. Birefringence. Mineralogy optical microscope. Measure of refractive indices. Orthoscopic observations with PPL and XPL. Interference colors; Michel-Levy table. Auxiliary lamina. Periodica extinction; right and inclined extinctions. Extinction signs. Conoscopic observations. Interference figures in uniaxial and biaxial crystals. Determination on the interference figures

Full programme

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G.P.), Fondamenti di cris tallografia e ottica cris tallografica, USES, Firenze. Carobbi G., ( Cipriani, C., Garavelli
C.), Cris tallografia chimica e mineralogia s peciale, USES, Firenze. Deer W.A., Howie R.A., Zus sman J.,
Introduzione ai Minerali che cos tituis cono le Rocce, ZANICHELLI, Bologna. Gallitelli P., Elementi di Mineralogia,
NISTRI e LISCHI, Pis a. Gottardi G., I minerali, BORINGHIERI, Torino. Klein C., 2004. Mineralogia, Zanichelli,
Bologna Mottana A., Cres pi R., Liborio G., Minerali e rocce, MONDADORI, Milano.

Teaching methods

Theoretical introduction on crystallographic optics. Theoretical principles in which optical mineralogical microscope is based on. Learning to work on optical mineralogical microscope. Identification of the principal mineral species

Assessment methods and criteria

Written /practical exam on an optical microcoscope, with written report

Other information

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