GEOL 312: Optical Mineralogy
Final Project Aims and Objectives
The objective of this project is for you to implement the skills you have developed in this course and to describe, in detail, the optical properties of a mineral that is unfamiliar to the class.
This project will be an opportunity to demonstrate your communication skills and you show that you can effectively describe your observations to other scientists.
Assignment Students have been assigned a mineral that was not part of the normal curriculum for this course. Each student will prepare a brief (4-5 slide) presentation that outlines the optical properties of their assigned mineral.
Presentation should be organized such that other students in the class will have all the information they need to identify the presenter’s mineral if asked to.
Presentation should include: – A brief introduction to the mineral’s chemical properties and formation environment – Description of physical properties observable in thin section – Description of optical properties observable in thin section – Summary of properties the student finds most useful when identifying the mineral – Summary of how the assigned mineral compares to a similar mineral identified in the course o
For example, if the student were presenting on Clinopyroxene, they would outline how to differentiate it from Orthopyroxene, which has several properties in common.
Effective presentations may include: – Clearly outlined slides – Annotated images of the mineral(s) – Citations when necessary Presentations Students will present their work to the class virtually on 11/19/2020.
Students should be prepared to share their screens and show their work via Zoom. All presentations should also be uploaded to Blackboard before the start of class.
I will compile the slides into one file and share them with the entire class for reference.
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