Module Identifier EA22310  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas J G Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Ronald Fuge  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours written examination  100%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours written exam  100%

Learning outcomes

On 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.

Brief description

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.


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.

Reading Lists

** Consult For Futher Information
Gunter Faure (1998) Principles and applications of geochemistry : a comprehensive textbook for geology students 2nd. Upper Saddle River, N.J ; London : Prentice Hall 0023364505
Robin Gill (1996) Chemical fundamentals of geology 2nd. 0412549301
Robin Gill (1997) Modern analytical geochemistry : an introduction to quantitative chemical analysis for earth, environmental and materials scientists Harlow : Longman 0582099447
Henderson, P Inorganic geochemistry Oxford : Pergamon 0080204473
Krauskopf, K.B and D.K. Bird (1967) Introduction to geochemistry McGraw-Hill
Mason, B. and C.B. Moore (1982) Principles of geochemistry New York : John Wiley
Gunter Faure (1986) Principles of isotope geology 2nd. New York : Wiley, QE501.4.N9.F2


This module is at CQFW Level 5