|| EA30120 |
|| ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY |
|| 2001/2002 |
|| Dr Ronald Fuge |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 40 Hours 20 x 2 hours |
|| Supplementary examination || 3 Hours exam and the resubmission of failed coursework component. || 100% |
|| Essay || 2,500 words || 25% |
|| Exam || 3 Hours || 75% |
Module Outline (Lecture Themes)
Media used for geochemical mapping
Establishment of baselines
Use of geochemical maps (UK and other countries) to identify geochemical ?hotspots?
Geochemistry of Primary Environment
Weathering processes and element behaviour
Anthropogenic influences on geochemistry
Influence of agriculture and industry
Past and present mining and extractive industries
Environmental Geochemistry and Health
Trace elements essential and detrimental to human and animal health
Pathways of elements into biosphere
Chemical quality of potable waters
Sources and fate of organics in the environment
Organic pollutants in groundwater
Radioactivity in the environment
Radon, sources and problems
Anthropogenically derived radioactivity, sources and problems
Stable isotope geochemistry
Uses of stable isotopes in environmental geochemistry
To introduce the concept of geochemistry of the total environment and outline some of the problems posed to the biosphere.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to demonstrate :-
knowledge of geochemical mapping and monitoring and their applicability to environmental problems
general basic knowledge of element behaviour in the secondary environment and an understanding of some of the problems caused by anthropogenic activities
general ability to estimate the role of human intervention in the environment
knowledge of the role of environmental geochemistry on human and animal health
British Geological Survey.
Regional Geochemical Atlases for the United Kingdom.
Appleton, J.D., Fuge, R. and McCall, G.J.H. (Edts). (1996)
Environmental Geochemistry and Health.. Geological Society Special publication 113.