ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY

A study of the distribution and movement of chemical elements and isotopes in the geologic environment. Topics include nucleosynthetic processes and the isotopic abundances of the elements; geochronology using radioactive decay schemes, including U-Pb, Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, K-Ar, U-series isotopes, and cosmogenic isotopes; trace element partitioning; and the use of stable isotopes in geothermometry and ore petrogenesis. Examples illustrate the use of radiogenic and stable isotopes in petrology and their application to study of the Earth and Solar system and the evolution of the crust and mantle. Prerequisites: Geol 305 with a "C-" or better and Chem 113 and 114.

Credits: 
3
Program Code: 
GEOL
Course Number: 
360
Academic Program(s): 
Geology