General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Mineralogy and geochemistry. Microscopic observation in scientific work. (laboratory)
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Danuta Michalska, prof. UAM dr hab. Agata Duczmal-Czernikiewicz
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30


Tuesday 10:00-11:30, laboratory; 30h=1 group; Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Institute of Geology

It is possible to adjust the date to the group of students - please contact us at:

Module aim (aims)

Microscale observations along with polarizing light microscope and semi-quantitative analysis on various examples will be the main focus of the course.

The course is addressed to the students (foreign and Polish) of: geology, geography, environmental sciences, biology and archeology.

Possible observations of students' own samples .

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge in Earth sciences (at the secondary school level).


Week 1-3: Macro and microscopic observation of selected group of samples-polarizing light microscopy

Week 4: Basics of Examples of the application of scanning microscopy in geoscience     

Week 5-7: Exercises on selected group of samples      

Week 8: Learning how to present the results.

Week 9: Summary of obtained results, interpretation and presentation

Reading list

Gira A.V. Caputo G., Ferro M.C., 2017: Application of Scanning Electron Microscopy-Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) [In:] Characterization and Analysis of Microplastics. Teresa Rocha-Santos, Armando Duarte (EDS), Elsevier.

Goldstein J.I., Newbury D.E., Echlin P., Joy D.C., 2005: Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis.

Mackenzie W.S., Adams A.E., Brodie K.H., 2017: Rocks and Minerals in Thin Section. Second Edition. Taylor&Francis Ltd.

Reed S. J. B., 2005: Electron Microprobe Analysis and Scanning Microscopy in Geology. Cambridge University Press.

Welton J.E., 1984: SEM Petrology Atlas. Amer Assn of Petroleum Geologists.

Wenk H-R., Bulakh A., 2004: Minerals, their constrution and origin. Cambridge University Press.