Module Identifier EA21920  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Ronald Fuge, Dr Bill Perkins  
Pre-Requisite EA11610  
Course delivery Lecture   22 Hours 11 x 2 hours  
  Practical   22 Hours 11 x 2 hours  
Assessment Continuous assessment   Continuous assessment of Laboratory Practicals by submission of practical note book.   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours Written exam.   60%  
  Resit assessment   Re-submission of practical notebook (40%) and 2 hour re-sit examination (60%).    

Brief description

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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:

Reading Lists

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.