Nov 30, 2023
GEOL 5180 - Solid Earth Geochemistry
This course addresses the magmatic and metamorphic evolution of the Earth using major element, trace element, and radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry. Students learn how to generate, present and use geochemical data as tracers of geologic processes, with an emphasis on solid earth processes.
Credit Hours: 4
Repeat/Retake Information: May not be retaken.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 lecture, 2.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to describe the distribution of an element (and its isotopes) as it cycles through the Earth’s major reservoirs (core, mantle, crust).
- Students will be able to use geochemical data to interpret the formation and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks.
- Students will be able to read and critically evaluate articles in geochemical journals.
- Students will be able to access, organize and synthesize data from published geochemical databases (PetDB, NAVDAT, GEOROC, etc.).
- Students will be able to use common software programs to analyze, model, and present geochemical data to others.
- Students will be able to convey geochemical information in oral, graphical, and written formats.
- Students will be able to design an appropriate sampling and analytical strategy to address geochemical questions.
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