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Low-Temperature Geochemistry

Master course offered annually in winter semester

The module consists of two courses: "Marine Geochemistry" and "Isotope Geochemistry II".

Instructor: Prof. Wolfgang Siebel

Course format: a) 2 hr lecture, b) 1 hr lecture + 1 hr practical session

Syllabus of "Marine Geochemistry"

    Concepts,  methods and  applications of marine geochemistry are introduced. Teaching topics include basic oceanographic principles operating in the marine realm, ocean basin bathymetry, the chemical properties of seawater, trace elements and isotopes and their distribution in the water column, the marine carbon cycle, ocean water circulation, hydrothermal processes and life on the sea floor, as well as formation and distribution of marine sediments. Marine mineral resources and environmental issues will also be covered.

Syllabus of "Isotope Geochemistry II"

    The focus of is on radiogenic and stable isotope systems and their principles and applications in low-temperature environments. Topics and systems include:

    • K-Ar and Ar-Ar methods and the meaning of cooling ages
    • Fundamentals of stable isotope geochemistry, including definitions, terminology, basic principles and standards
    • Fundamentals of stable isotope geochemistry, including definitions, terminology, basic principles and standards
    • U-series disequilibrium dating
    • Sr and Nd isotopic variations of sea water
    • Principles of fission-track-dating
    • Cosmogenic isotope analysis and geomorphology
     

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