|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||20 Hours. 10 x 2 hours|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours written examination||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours written exam||100%|
On succesful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
- a broad knowledge of general geochemistry
- how geochemistry can be applied to the understanding of 'whole Earth' processes such as planetary differentiation into core, mantle and crust, and to the processes of magma generation, metamorphism and sedimentation
- the application of geochemistry to environmental and health issues.
To introduce students to the basic principles of geochemistry and its applications, and to outline the relationships which exist between the geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology of the solid materials which make up the planet.
This module considers the origin of the elements, their geochemical classification and behaviour. The distribution of elements within the Earth as a whole will be considered and their behaviour during the major geological processes will be discussed. Applications of isotope geochemistry will described. Finally, the applications of geochemistry will be discussed in relation to environmental quality, describing the relationship between natural background, derived from the underlying rocks and modifications due to human activity.
Reading ListGeneral Text
Faure, G. (1998) Principles and Applications of Geochemistry Prentice Hall Primo search Gill, R.C.O. (1995) Chemical Fundamentals of Geology 2nd Edition Primo search Klein, C. and Philpotts, T. (2012) Earth Materials: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology Cambridge University Press Primo search Misra, K. (2012) Introduction to Geochemistry Wiley Blackwell Primo search Essential Reading
Heffernan, K. and O'Brien, J. (2011) Earth Materials Wiley Blackwell Primo search Walther, J.V. (2009) Essentials of Geochemistry Second Edition Primo search Recommended Text
William M. White (2013) Geochemistry Wiley Blackwell Primo search Supplementary Text
Faure, G. (1986) Principles of Isotope Geology 2nd edition Primo search Henderson, P. (1982) Inorganic Geochemistry Primo search Krauskopf, K.B. and Bird, D.K. (1995) Introduction to Geochemistry 2nd edition Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 5