12.007 | Spring 2013 | Undergraduate


Lecture Notes

1 Introductions; Rationale (PDF - 5.2MB) Roger Summons
2 The Solar System and Earth Accretion and Differentiation (PDF - 3.6MB) Roger Summons
3 Theories Pertaining to the Origin of Life (PDF - 3.9MB) Roger Summons

Biogeochemical Tracers (PDF - 1.5MB)

Isotopics #1: C and S

Roger Summons

Biogeochemical Tracers (PDF - 2.0MB)

Isotopics #2: C, H, O and N

Roger Summons

Biogeochemical Tracers (PDF - 2.1MB)

Isotopics #3: Biosynthetic fractionations and Intramolecular isotopic data, more of multi-element isotopics and the Precambrian C-Cycle

Roger Summons
7 Acid-Base Reactions (PDF - 1.8MB) Tanja Bosak
8 Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Species (PDF - 1.5MB) Tanja Bosak
9 Environmental Redox and Photosynthesis (PDF - 2.5MB) Tanja Bosak
10 Environmental Redox and Photosynthesis (cont.) (PDF - 2.8MB) Tanja Bosak
11 Oxygenation of Earth’s Atmosphere (PDF - 4.8MB) Tanja Bosak
12 The Climate History of Earth (PDF - 2.5MB) Roger Summons
13 Evolution and Radiation of Photosynthetic Organisms (PDF - 3.0MB) Roger Summons
14 The Rise Of Animals (PDF - 14.3MB) Tanja Bosak
15 Biomineralization (PDF - 3.5MB) Tanja Bosak

Major Transitions in Earth History: Mass Extinctions and Radiations (PDF - 2.8MB)

Courtesy of Julio Sepulveda. Used with permission.

Julio Sepúlveda

Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary
Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM)

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Julio Sepúlveda
18 Extremophiles (PDF - 3.0MB) Roger Summons
19 Modern Microbiological Methods (PDF - 3.1MB) Tanja Bosak

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