Spring 2010 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
A qualitative and quantitative treatment of chemical processes in natural systems such as lakes, rivers, groundwater, the oceans, and ambient air is studied. General topics include equilibrium thermodynamics, acid-base equilibria, oxidation-reduction reactions, and isotope geochemistry. The magnitude of anthropogenic perturbations of natural equilibria will be assessed, and specific topics like heavy metal pollution in water, acid rain, asbestos pollution, and nuclear contamination will be discussed. This course (together with E&ES281) is usually taught as a service-learning course in which students work with a community organization to solve an environmental problem. Previous classes have evaluated the energy potential of a local landfill and investigated the cause and possible remediation of a local eutrophic lake.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (BIOL)(CES)(CIS)(E&ES)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)
Textbook: J. Drever, GEOCHEMISTRY OF NATURAL WATERS
Supplement: Berner & Berner, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two exams, one term paper, problem sets.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Must take Geochem Lab (E&ES281) concurrently.
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