Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
Permission of instructor.
The course consists of a series of lectures introducing the field of Trace Element Geochemistry including a review of partition coefficients and theoretical approaches to understanding trace element partitioning during partial melting and fractional crystallization. Throughout the course, lectures are interspersed with papers that are to be read by students and discussed during class. A listing of papers to be discussed is included but unfortunately the interactive class discussions emerging from reading these papers cannot be reproduced in a Web-based course.
This course is oriented toward a first year graduate student who has already had a general course in Geochemistry and an Introduction to Thermodynamics.
There are several textbooks suitable for an introduction to geochemistry; an example is:
McSween, H. Y., Jr., S. M. Richardson, and M. E. Uhle. Geochemistry: Pathways and Processes. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780231124409.
There are also numerous texts on thermodynamics. The books suitable for this course are:
Wood, B. J., and D. G. Fraser. Elementary Thermodynamics for Geologists. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1977. ISBN: 9780198599272.
Denbigh, K. The Principles of Chemical Equilibrium. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1981. ISBN: 9780521236829.
Gordon, P. Principles of Phase Diagrams in Materials Systems. Malabar, Fla: Krieger Pub Co., 1983. ISBN: 9780898744088.
For this course the following geochemical texts are useful:
Shaw, D. M. Trace Elements in Magmas. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780521822145.
Zou, H. Quantitative Geochemistry. London, UK: Imperial College Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781860946462.
Albarede, F. Introduction to Geochemical Modeling. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780521454513.
Rollinson, H. R. Using Geochemical Data: Evaluation, Presentation, Interpretation. Harlow, Essex, England: Longman Group, 1993. ISBN: 9780582067011.
Henderson, P. Inorganic Geochemistry. New York, NY: Pergamon Press, 1982. ISBN: 9780080204482.
Also useful for this course is the 10 volume set comprising the Treatise On Geochemistry (Elsevier, 2003), especially volumes 1, 2, and 3.
Holland, H. D., and K. K. Turekian, eds. Treatise On Geochemistry. Elsevier Science, 2003. ISBN: 9780080437514.
Listing of Volumes
Volume 1: Davis, Andrew M. Meteorites, Comets, and Planets. Elsevier Science, 2006. ISBN: 9780080447209.
Volume 2: Carlson, Richard W. The Mantle and Core. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080448480.
Volume 3: Rudnick, Roberta L. The Crust. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080448473.
Volume 4: Keeling, Ralph F. The Atmosphere. Elsevier Science, 2006. ISBN: 9780080450919.
Volume 5: Drever, James I. Surface and Ground Water, Weathering, Erosion and Soils. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080447193.
Volume 6: Elderfield, Harry. The Oceans and Marine Geochemistry. Elsevier Science, 2006. ISBN: 9780080451015.
Volume 7: Mackenzie, Fred T. Sediments, Diagenesis, and Sedimentary Rocks. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080448497.
Volume 8: Schlesinger, William H. Biogeochemistry. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080446424.
Volume 9: Lollar, Barbara Sherwood. Environmental Geochemistry. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080446431.
Volume 10: Indexes.
Also Useful are the Following Web sites
Geochemical Earth Reference Model (GERM)
Geochemistry of Rocks of the Oceans and Continents (GEOROC)
Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor (PETDB)