Fall 2010 not offered
This course will focus on the ocean's role in the global biogeochemical cycling of highly mobile and reactive elements and the impact of humans on these biogeochemical cycles. Topics covered include the chemical composition of seawater gas exchange across the air-sea boundary, the production and destruction of organic matter, the controls and spatial distribution of bio-limiting elements, sediment-water interactions, the role of hydrothermal vents, and seawater pollution. Special emphasis will be placed on new analytical or proxy techniques that allow us to better investigate past, current, or future oceanic conditions.
Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning
Quantitative reasoning and logical reasoning will be assessed through problem sets, theoretical model construction, in-class exercises, and data collection and interpretation.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)
Libes, Susan. INTRODUCTION TO MARINE BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 2nd Edition (2009), Academic Press, 1184 pages, ISBN-10: 0120885301.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two exams, problem sets, and seminar style discussion sessions. There may be one or two cruise field trips.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While there are no prerequisites for this course, E&ES280 Environmental Geochemistry is strongly recommended though students who have taken introductory chemistry courses or have a strong high school chemistry background are encouraged to enroll. Please ask the instructor if you have any questions.
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