651-4225-00L  Topics in Geochemistry

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersS. Bernasconi, G. Bernasconi-Green, D. L. Cook
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


651-4225-00 GTopics in Geochemistry2 hrs
Mon13-15NO E 11 »
S. Bernasconi, G. Bernasconi-Green, D. L. Cook

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AbstractThis course aims to present and discuss advanced topics in geochemistry based on the critical reading of research papers. Themes will vary from year to year and suggestions from students are welcome. The format of the course will be: one or more lectures introducing a theme, followed by a presentation of one or more papers by a student or group of students.
ObjectiveThe goal of the course is discuss topics in advanced geochemistry which were not covered in other general and specialized geochemistry courses. In addition, we aim at training the student's ability to critically evaluate research papers and to summarize the findings concisely in an oral presentation.
ContentThemes will vary from year to year and suggestions from students are welcome.
Some possible topics are:
Organic geochemistry.
Isotope geochemistry of organic matter: carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen.
Multiply-substituted isotopologues.
Mass-independent fractionations.
Mass transfer and isotopes in modern and ancient ocean-floor hydrothermal systems and subduction zone environments.
Noble gas geochemistry: terrestrial and extraterrestrial applications
Lecture notesNone
LiteratureWill be identified based on the chosen topic.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersS. Bernasconi, G. Bernasconi-Green, D. L. Cook
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationAn oral presentation and a written summary of the presentation will be the basis to obtain the credits.

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