GEOS5508 Isotopes to Petrogenesis

6 points

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Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
This unit focuses on the use of key stable and radiogenic isotope systems for unravelling Earth's evolution. The unit examines the basic principles behind nucleosynthesis, radioactive decay and stable isotope fractionation as a basis for exploring the two main applications of isotope geochemistry, namely geochronology and the isotope tracing of geological processes. Emphasis is placed on the petrogenesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks, as recorders of the dynamic history of Earth's mantle and continental crust, with implications for the evolution of the atmosphere and oceans, and on understanding the sources of metals in ore deposits. The use of short-lived 'extinct' radiogenic isotope systems for deducing the timing of very early planetary processes is also outlined. The unit includes an overview of the techniques and instruments used for measuring isotope ratios in geological samples with some practical work.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of how radiogenic isotope systems help constrain the timing of important crustal processes; (2) demonstrate understanding of how radiogenic and stable isotopic variations can be used to trace processes of magma generation, metamorphism and the formation of ore deposits; and (3) apply these concepts, particularly integration of radiogenic and stable isotopes, to explore larger scale lithospheric and mantle processes.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical exercises and short reports and (2) theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Anthony Kemp
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550) or the Master of Science (70630) or Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590)
Advisable prior study:
EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology or equivalents
Contact hours
workshops: 9 hours per week
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