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With geochemistry, we use the tools of chemistry to solve geological problems; that is, we use chemistry to understand the Earth and how it works.
This course will focus on fundamental processes that gave rise to the characteristic geochemical features of the continental crust and the mantle. It will provide essential insights into magmatic processes and the geochemical and isotopic composition of the different mantle reservoirs. The geochemical evolution of the Earth since Precambrian times will be examined, plus new developments in analytical techniques.
Additionally, there will be a discussion on a current 'hot topic'. This may be about how our planet has evolved and some of the major changes in its chemistry or another frontier topic chosen by the students following the course.
- gain an understanding of the chemical composition of the Earth and other planets, and the chemical processes that affect them
- gain familiarity with analytical methods used for geochemical analyses
- learn to analyse modern research questions in geochemistry by studying the literature on a chosen topic
- are able to critically analyze scientific literature containing geochemical data
- acquire the ability to critically analyse, interpret and present data.
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