Module Identifier EA22410  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Nicholas J G Pearce  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Ronald Fuge, Dr Bill Perkins  
Pre-Requisite EA11610  
Co-Requisite EA22310  
Course delivery Practical   33 Hours 11 x 3 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment Weekly Submission of Laboratory Practicals100%
Supplementary Exam NOT available. There is no re-sit available for this practically based course   

Learning outcomes

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

? a broad knowledge of the general geochemistry of rocks and minerals
? how numerical methods in geochemistry can be applied to the understanding of ?whole Earth? processes such as partial melting and magmatic evolution and global isotopic evolution
? the relationship between the geochemistry of the primary and secondary environment
? In addition, students will be able to recognise the main rock groups and rock forming minerals both in hand specimen and in thin section, and will be able to relate these features to the chemistry of rocks.

Brief description

This practical based 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 the origins of crustal materials through magma genesis and evolution. Isotopic evolution of crustal rocks will also be considered. 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
Gunter Faure (1986) Principles of isotope geology 2nd. New York : Wiley, QE501.4.N9.F2
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
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


This module is at CQFW Level 5