Course ObjectiveUnderstanding the basic principles of isotope geochemistry and
to apply the fundamental principles to earth scientific processes. The
course treats both radiogenic and stable isotope techniques. An
important concept is to understand by working through exercises.
Course ContentRadiogenic and stable isotopes are used widely in the Earth Sciences to
determine the ages of the rocks and minerals, meteorites and
archaeological objects, and as traces to understand geological and
environmental processes. Isotope methods determine the age of the earth,
help to reconstruct the climate of the past, explain the formation of
the chemical elements in the Universe. Isotope geochemistry provides
unique information of the evolution of our Planet Earth since 4.5 Ga ago
and variations in the isotopic ratios are the clues to our understanding
of the origin and history of gasses, liquids and solid material on Earth
and the physical-chemical-biological processes that have been and still
are active in our dynamic System Earth.
The course treats the following:
• Fundamentals of Radioactive and Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry
• Geochronology: long-lived radioactive decay systems
• Radiogenic Isotopic tracers: evolution of Mantle, Crust and
• Geochronology: short-lived radioactive decay systems
• Stable isotopes: isotope fractionation and applications to
Teaching MethodsLectures and classes for excercises, self-study. Total
hours, including classes for excercises, is 51.75
Method of AssessmentExam and retake consists of two parts. Part 1(Davies)
determines 2/3 and part 2 (Beets) 1/3 of the final mark.
Course work is expected to be completed as preparation for the exam but
no mark is given.
Entry RequirementsGeochemistry for Earth Scientists; Introduction
LiteratureSyllabus Isotope Geochemistry (W. M. White) and additional
teaching material on Canvas; exercises.
Target Audience2nd year students Minor Solid Earth (Geology and Geochemistry).
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Course Coordinator||prof. dr. G.R. Davies|
|Examiner||prof. dr. G.R. Davies|
prof. dr. G.R. Davies
dr. C.J. Beets
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