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:
There are also numerous texts on thermodynamics. The books suitable for this course are:
For this course the following geochemical texts are useful:
Shaw, D. M. Trace Elements in Magmas: A Theoretical Treatment. Cambridge University Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780521822145. [Preview with Google Books]
Zou, H. Quantitative Geochemistry. Imperial College Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781860946462. [Preview with Google Books]
Albarede, F. Introduction to Geochemical Modeling. Cambridge University Press, 1995. ISBN: 9780521454513. [Preview with Google Books]
Rollinson, H. R. Using Geochemical Data: Evaluation, Presentation, Interpretation. Routledge, 1993. ISBN: 9780582067011. [Preview with Google Books]
Also useful for this course is the 10 volume set comprising the Treatise On Geochemistry (Elsevier, 2003), especially volumes 1, 2, and 3.
Listing of Volumes
Rudnick, Roberta L. The Crust. Vol. 3. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080448473. [Preview with Google Books]
Drever, James I. Surface and Ground Water, Weathering, Erosion and Soils. Vol. 5. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080447193. [Preview with Google Books]
Elderfield, Harry. The Oceans and Marine Geochemistry. Vol. 6. Pergamon, 2006. ISBN: 9780080451015. [Preview with Google Books]
Mackenzie, Fred T. Sediments, Diagenesis, and Sedimentary Rocks. Vol. 7. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080448497. [Preview with Google Books]
Lollar, Barbara Sherwood. Environmental Geochemistry. Vol. 9. Elsevier Science, 2005. ISBN: 9780080446431. [Preview with Google Books]
Volume 10: Indexes.