* GEO 364 / CHM 364
Earth Chemistry: The Major Realms of the Planet
The chemical composition of the major realms of the planet: core, mantle, continents, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere. Topics include the synthesis of the chemical elements in stars, the origin of the solar system and Earth, and the chemical differentiation of Earth's core, mantle, crust, ocean, atmosphere, and biosphere. Also explores the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and other biologically important elements, their interactions with the geosphere, and their evolution through time.
Sample reading list:
C. H. Langmuir and W. S. Broecker, How to Build a Habitable Planet, 2nd Edition
L. R. Kump, J. F. Kasting, R. G. Crane, The Earth System, 3rd Edition
There will be weekly problem sets involving calculations dealing with fundamental Earth properties and with visualizing chemical and isotopic properties as reflected in large data sets. There will be one term paper.
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 40%
Term Paper(s) - 10%
Problem set(s) - 30%
Prerequisites and Restrictions:
CHM 201, or equivalent; MAT 103, or equivalent..
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