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GEOS776 – Ages, Rates and Timescales of Geological Processes

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Olivier Alard
Olivier Alard
lecturer
Dorrit Jacob
lecturer
Stephen Foley
lecturer
Bruce Schaefer
Credit points Credit points
4
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
GEOS876
Unit description Unit description
This unit describes and explores the underpinnings of the tools employed in geochronology and geochemistry in order to unravel the timing and duration of geological phenomena. Primarily focussed on high temperature geochemistry, this course will employ applications spanning from diffusion modelling in magma chambers, through zircon geochronology to model ages in addition to tracing the passage of materials through the solid Earth. A background in the analytical techniques used to attain such data will also be included.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Understand geochemistry insights and perspectives on the evolution of the Earth system
  2. 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  3. 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials
  4. 4. develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results and access theirs robustness

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Oral presentation 50% 7/06/2017
Assignment 1 20% 02/05/2017
Assignement 2 20% 17/05/2017
Class Participation 10% each session

Oral presentation

Due: 7/06/2017
Weighting: 50%

10 min - power point - based on 3 scientific (peer-reviewed) papers.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Understand geochemistry insights and perspectives on the evolution of the Earth system
  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  • 4. develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results and access theirs robustness

Assignment 1

Due: 02/05/2017
Weighting: 20%

Assignment 1 will be based on the concepts and skills covered in days 4, 5 and 6.

This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

  • be able to select an appropriate analytical technique and set-up an analytical protocol for

    the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials

  • devise and undertake ananalytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve

    complex petrological problems using geochemistry

  • develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results

  • critically evaluate the quality of data obtained using different analytical methods


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials
  • 4. develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results and access theirs robustness

Assignement 2

Due: 17/05/2017
Weighting: 20%

Assignment 2 is about Trace elements modelling - using the concepts covered in week 7,8 and 9.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry

Class Participation

Due: each session
Weighting: 10%

The class mark will be awarded on the basis of performance in the laboratory practicals and participation in class discussions.


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • 1. Understand geochemistry insights and perspectives on the evolution of the Earth system
  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  • 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials

Delivery and Resources

There are no prescribed textbooks for this course

The following books are recommended/suggested for additional reading.

  1. White, W.M. Geochemistry, Willey-Blackwell

  2. White, W.M. Isotope Geochemistry, Willey-Blackwell

  3. Potts, P.: A Handbook of Silicate Rock Analysis. Blackie (on reserve)

  4. Rollinson, H.: Using Geochemical Data. Longman

  5. Allègre, C.J., Isotope Geochemistry, Cambridge U. Press

  6. Albaréde F., Geochemistry and Introduction, Cambridge U. Press

  7. Schaefer, B. Radiogenic isotope Geochemistry, A guide for industry Professionals, Cambridge U. Press

  8. Hoefs, J. Stable isotope Geochemistry, Springer

  9. Condie, K.C. Earth as an Evolving Planetary System, Elsevier Academic Press

  10. Van Kranendonk M.J., Smithies, R.H., Bennett, V.C., Earth's Oldest Rocks, Elsevier

Unit Schedule

W1:  Element's properties

W2: Nucleosynthesis

W3: Meteorites - Solar Nebula differenciation - first solid - planetary building blocks.

W4: Analytical methods I

W5: Analytical methods II

W6: Data processing and Handling

W7: Experimental Geochemistry and Petrology

W8: Volatile Elements - Origin, distribution and evolution

W9: Lithophile Elements to decipher high temperature processes

W10:  Radiogenic isotopes - long and short lived

W11: U-Pb and Lu-Hf isotopic systematic in Zircon - implication for studying Lithosphere evolution

W12: Siderophile and Chalcophile elements

W13: Student Oral Presentations

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This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  • 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials
  • 4. develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results and access theirs robustness

Assessment tasks

  • Oral presentation
  • Assignment 1
  • Class Participation

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This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Understand geochemistry insights and perspectives on the evolution of the Earth system
  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  • 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials
  • 4. develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results and access theirs robustness

Assessment tasks

  • Oral presentation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignement 2

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This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Understand geochemistry insights and perspectives on the evolution of the Earth system
  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  • 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials

Assessment tasks

  • Oral presentation
  • Assignment 1
  • Assignement 2
  • Class Participation

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This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • 1. Understand geochemistry insights and perspectives on the evolution of the Earth system
  • 2. Provides a comprehensive introduction to the basic principles and techniques of modern geochemistry
  • 3. Devise and undertake analytical program using the appropriate techniques to solve complex petrological problems using geochemistry and set-up an analytical protocol for the geochemical analysis of major and trace elements in geological materials
  • 4. develop the knowledge to determine the uncertainty of analytical results and access theirs robustness

Assessment tasks

  • Assignment 1
  • Assignement 2

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This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment tasks

  • Oral presentation
  • Class Participation

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This graduate capability is supported by:

Assessment task

  • Class Participation