GEOS5508 Isotope Geochemistry
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face
- 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 isotope tracing of geological processes. Emphasis is placed on the origin and evolution of igneous rocks as records of Earth's dynamic history. The use of short-lived 'extinct' radiogenic isotope systems for deducing the timing of very early planetary processes, such as formation of Earth's core, 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 timing of important crustal processes; (2) demonstrate understanding of how radiogenic and stable isotopic variations can be used to trace processes of magma generation and the sources of metals in ore deposits; and (3) apply these concepts, particularly integration of radiogenic and stable isotopes, to 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)
- Dr Anthony Kemp
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Master of Geoscience (72550)
the Master of Science (70630)
Master of Ore Deposit Geology (70590)
- Advisable prior study:
- EART3342 Geochemistry and Petrology
- Contact hours
- workshops: 8 hours per week
- Unit Outline
- Non-standard teaching period [TS-H-2H_2019]
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