|Module Title||EARTH MATERIALS|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Nick Pearce|
|Other staff||Dr Ron Fuge, Dr Bill Perkins|
|Course delivery||Lecture||22 Hours 11 x 2 hours|
|Practical||22 Hours 11 x 2 hours|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours Written exam.||60%|
|Continuous assessment||Continuous assessment of Laboratory Practicals by submission of practical note book.||40%|
|Resit assessment||Re-submission of practical notebook (40%) and 2 hour re-sit examination (60%).|
This module considers the origin of the elements, their goechemical 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 be described. The module will relate rock and mineral chemistry to their modes of origins through a series of petrological and numerical practicals, and will provide an integrated approach to petrogenesis. 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.
To introduce students to the basic principles of geochemistry and its applications, and to outline the relationships which exist between the geochemistry, mineraology and petrology ofthe solid materials which make up the planet.
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:
G. Faure. Principles of Applications of Geochemistry.
G. Faure. Principles of Isotope Geology.
R.C.O. Gill. Chemical Fundamentals of Geology.
R.C.O. Gill (editor). Modern Analytical Geochemistry.
P. Henderson. Inorganic Geochemsitry.
K.B. Krauskopf and D.K. Bird. Introduction to Geochemistry.
B. Mason and C.B. Moore. Principles of Geochemistry.