University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Chemistry, Geology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ((GEOL 112 or GEOX 112) and (EAOS 111 or EAOX 111)) or (18 GEOL points and (GEOG 101 or 18 CHEM points))

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Principles of geochemistry applied to geologic and environmental processes; origin and distribution of the elements, mineral-water reactions, stable and radiogenic isotopes, global biogeochemical cycles.

    Course Structure
    The course is divided into four modules, covering the theory and both high and low temperature applications of:

    • water-mineral reactions
    • trace element distributions
    • stable isotopes
    • radioactive and radiogenic isotopes

    A unifying theme of the course is the topic of global biogeochemical cycles. Implications for economic mineralisation will also be considered.

    Learning Outcomes
    Students will be introduced to the principles of geochemistry as applied to geologic and environmental processes.

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