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Geo 388H/376E
Environmental Isotope Geochemistry

Intro Links: Summary of Course    Instructor    Reading    Isotope Links
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Spring 2009.  This class meets T, Th from 11 to 12:30 in room 2.202 in the Geology Building.

Summary of Course
This course will examine the application of the stable and radiogenic isotope and trace element element geochemistry of natural waters, sediments and organisms to studies of the hydrologic and sedimentary cycles and global change. Principles of radioactive decay and isotope fractionation will be developed and applied to the following topics:

1) the origin and migration of surface water, vadose water, groundwater, and basinal brines

2) paleoenvironmental and paleoclimate analysis based on sedimentary rocks, fossils, cave deposits, soils, and ice.

3) chemostratigraphy and the evolution of ocean water

4) element cycling at global and watershed scales

5) dating of sedimentary rocks, fossils, cave deposits, etc.

6) isotope ecology

7) isotope forensics

There will also be an opportunity to conduct field and laboratory isotope studies, depending on the level of interest.

Jay Banner,
Department of Geological Sciences,, Office: GEO 5.210; 471-5016, Office hours: W 2-3 and by appointment. 

Reading and Handouts
The recommended text for the course is Isotopes: Principles and Applications, 3rd edition, by Faure and Mensing, available at the Coop.   A number of other readings, listed by week in the syllabus, are posted on the course's Blackboard site.

Isotope Links
Global element cycles: Oilfield Brines
Kinetic isotope effects: Uranium hexafluoride
Geochemical malapropism: She's Gone
Equilibrium isotope effects: Vibrational Frequency

Chart of the nuclides: Stability Valley
Carbon isotope systematics
Precise calculation of fractionation factors:
Stable isotope fractionation factors

Isotope geochemistry facilities at UT
Uranium-Lead isotope readings
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