Isotope Geochemistry: Tracers of Environmental Processes|
Spring 2014 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
This course explains from first principles the main stable and radioactive isotopic techniques used in geochemistry and geology. The course also demonstrates the manner in which isotope geochemistry has been utilized to solve some of the major problems in the earth and environmental sciences. The oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and sulfur stable isotope systems and the Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Th-Pb, and K-Ar radioactive systems will be discussed in detail. This course will emphasize the application of isotope techniques in hydrological, geochemical, and ecological studies.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: CHEM141 OR CHEM143
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CES)(CIS)(E&ES)(ENVS)
G. Faure, PRINCIPLES OF ISOTOPE GEOLOGY, 2nd Edition, 1986
Supplement: I. Clark and P. Fritz, ENVIRONMENTAL ISOTOPES IN HYDROGEOLOGY, 1997
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two exams, one term paper, problem sets.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
An upper level course for seniors and graduates in the natural sciences (E&ES, CHEM, PHYS, BIOL, ASTR). Good chemistry background required (CHEM 141 or CHEM 143). Geology background (E&ES 101, E&ES 105, E&ES 280) desirable. Suggested requirements: E&ES 101 or E&ES 199, or see instructor.