Isotope Geochemistry: Tracers of Environmental Processes|
Spring 2017 not offered
|Certificates: Environmental Studies|
This course explains from first principles the main stable and radioactive isotopic techniques used in biogeochemistry, environmental geochemistry, and geology. 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|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CES)(CIS)(E&ES)(ENVS)
Z. Sharp, PRINCIPLES OF STABLE ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY (2007), Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-009139-1
G. Faure and T.M. Mensing, ISOTOPES: PRINCIPLES AND APPLICATIONS, 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 0-471-38437-2
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two exams, one term paper, problem sets.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
An upper level course for juniors, seniors and graduates in the natural sciences (E&ES, CHEM, PHYS, BIOL, ASTR). A chemistry background is highly recommended (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.