General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Meteorites and planetary geology
Language English
Module lecturer dr Monika Nowak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


Meteorites and Planetary Geology course will start on March 2nd. The lessons will be on Wednesdays, from 12:15 to 14:15, room 64 Collegium Geologicum.

Module aim (aims)

Course will be divide into two blocks. The main aim of the first block is to present current state of knowledge about different types of meteorites. The second part of the course will be focused on so called Planetary Geology. The main aim of that part will be to present the most important information about geological structures of planets, moons and other objects in the Solar System.

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

Bachelor of geology or geography.


Topic 1: Meteorites - historical view
Topic 2: Origin of meteorites in the Solar System
Topic 3: Classification of meteorites and impact structures on the Earth
Topic 4: Stony meteorites and tektites
Topic 5: Iron meteorites and mineralogy of silicate nodules
Topic 6: Planetary geology – definition, techniques, missions, perspectives, economic and possible resources
Topic 7: Planetary geology – planets and their moons: Earth’s Moon
Topic 8: Planetary geology – planets and their moons: Mercury, Venus and Mars
Topic 9: Planetary geology – planets and their moons: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Topic 10: Minor planets and other objects in the Solar System

Reading list

Hutchison R., (2004) Meteorites - A Petrologic, Chemical and Isotopic Synthesis. Cambridge University PressMuszyński A., (editor), Kryza R., Karwowski, Ł., Pilski A., Muszyńska J., (2012) Morasko – The largest iron meteorite shower in Central Europe. Bogucki Wydawnictwo NaukoweCarr M.H., (editor), Saunders R.S., Strom R.G., Wilhelms D.G. (2007) The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets. NASA SP-469Gunter Faure, Teresa M. Mensing (2007) Introduction to Planetary Science - The Geological Perspective. SpringerSigurdsson, H., Houghton, B., Ballard, R. (2000) Encyclopedia of volcanoes, vol. 1417. Academic Press.