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EESC 5140 Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will introduce the various isotopic methods that are used in the Earth Sciences. Topics will include: (1) radiogenic isotopes in geochronology and petrogenesis, including U-Th-Pb, K-Ar, Rb-Sr ,and Sm-Nd, (2) light stable isotopes in geology, biogeochemistry, and paleothermometry, including C, H, O, N, and S, and (3) non-traditional stable isotopes in biogeochemistry, oceanography, and cosmochemistry including Fe, Mo, Cu, Ni, and Ca. We will emphasize the geochemical behavior, analytical methods, and specific applications of these isotope systems in geology.


Schedule: Biennially

Instructor(s): Ethan Baxter

Prerequisites: One semester of Calculus, one semester of Chemistry, Earth Materials (EESC2220), or permission of instructor.

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Last Updated: 14-Mar-16