The course is divided into three parts, two focused on the application of methods and techniques for
the characterization of mineralogical-petrographic and microstructural evaluation of the quality of
the materials such as dimension stones and rocks of industrial interest, and one dealing with
paleoenvironmental research, aimed at the application of the petrographic tools in paleoclimate
and provenance studies, with examples of petrographic investigations on glacio-marine
sedimentary sequences in the polar regions.