651-3501-00L  Isotope Geochemistry and Isotope Geology

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Bernasconi, D. Vance
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


651-3501-00 GIsotopengeochemie und Isotopengeologie2 hrs
Wed13-15NO C 6 »
S. Bernasconi, D. Vance

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AbstractThe course focuses on the most important systems of radioactive and stable isotopes used in geochemistry and geology. Applications of isotope geochemistry for solving fundamental geological problems are discussed on the basis of case studies.
ObjectiveDevelopment of a basic knowledge and understanding of the applications of the most important systems of stable and radiogenic isotopes.
ContentThe following methods will be discussed in detail: the radioactive-radiogenic systems Rb-Sr, Sm-Nd, U-Th-Pb and K-Ar, as well as the stable isotope systems of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and hydrogen.

We will discuss how these methods are used in the following research fields: geochemistry of the earth, age dating, paleotemperature reconstructions, evolution of the crust and mantle reservoirs, sediment diagenesis, fluid rock interactions, hydrothermal activity, paleoceanography, biogeochemical cycles.
Lecture notesAvailable
Literature- Gunter Faure and Teresa M. Mensing. (2005): Isotopes : principles and applications. 3nd Ed. John Wiley & Sons. 897.pp

- Dickin A. P., Radiogenic Isotope Geology, (2005), Cambridge University Press

- Sharp Z.D. (2006) Principles of stable isotope geochemistry. Prentice Hall 360 pp.

William White (2011) Geochemistry
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites:

Geochemie I: (Bachelor course)

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ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersS. Bernasconi, D. Vance
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 60 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Schlussnote berechnet sich aus der schriftlichen Prüfung (80%) und den während des Semesters zu absolvierenden Übungen (20%).
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Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Geophysics: Core CoursesW+Information
Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Geology: Core CoursesW+Information
Earth Sciences BachelorMajor in Geology: ElectivesWInformation