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Introduction to Geochemistry

Chinese 地球化學導論
Credit 2
Goals
  • To know the physiochemical properties of our solid Earth, how it was built, how it evolved, and how it continues to be shaped
  • To know the co-evolution of Earth’s atmosphere with volcanism, ocean, and life
Syllabus 2014/09/16

Course introduction

Reading: Ch 1, Introduction: Earth and life as natural systems

  2014/09/23

Cosmochemistry (I)

Reading: Ch 2, The setting: the Big Bang and galaxy formation

  2014/09/30
2014/10/07

Cosmochemistry (II)

Reading: Ch 3, The raw material: synthesis of elements in stars

  2014/10/14
2014/10/21

Cosmochemistry (III)

Reading: Ch 5, The heavy construction: the formation of planets and moons from a solar nebula

 

 

2014/10/28

Mineral chemistry

Reading: Ch 4, Preliminary fabrication: formation of organic and inorganic molecules

  2014/11/04

Radioisotope geochemistry (I)

Reading: Ch 6, The schedule: quantifying the timescale with radionuclides

 

2014/11/11

Radioisotope geochemistry (II)

Reading: Bowman, Radiocarbon Dating: Interpreting the Past, Ch 1-4

  2014/11/18

Geochemistry of the lithosphere (I)

Reading: Ch 7, Interior modifications: segregation into core, mantle, crust, ocean, and atmosphere

  2014/11/25

Geochemistry of the lithosphere (II)

Reading: Ch 8, Contending with the neighbors: moons, asteroids, comets, and impacts

  2014/12/02

Geochemistry of the lithosphere (III)

Reading: Ch 9, Making it comfortable: running water, temperature control, and sun protection

  2014/12/09

Geochemistry of the lithosphere (IV)

Reading: Ch 11, Internal circulation: mantle convection and its relationship to the surface

  2014/12/16
2014/12/23

Evolution of the atmosphere (I)

Reading: Ch 12, Linking the layers: solid Earth, liquid ocean, and gaseous atmosphere

  2014/12/30

Evolution of the atmosphere (II)

Reading: Ch 15, Energizing the surface: coevolution of life and planet to create a planetary fuel cell

  2015/01/06

Evolution of the atmosphere (III)

Reading: Ch 16, Exterior modifications: the record of oxidation of the planetary surface

  2015/01/13 Contingency
Bibliography
Grading 90% quizzes, 10% course participation