Course Description

This is a laboratory course supplemented by lectures that focus on selected analytical facilities that are commonly used to determine the mineralogy, elemental abundance and isotopic ratios of Sr and Pb in rocks, soils, sediments and water.
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A student standing in a bog with a large metal cylinder used for taking core samples.
MIT undergraduate researcher Carrie Keach (‘10) takes a core in Thoreau’s Bog, Concord, MA. Peat cores contain historical records of metal deposition from the atmosphere over the past 100-200 years. (Image courtesy of Sarah Jane White. Used with permission.)