EAE3581 - Geochemistry - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Prof Joel Brugger

Not offered in 2017


Geochemistry concerns itself with the distribution and mobility of elements within the erth and its atmosphere. Over the past decades it has evolved from a descriptive science to one being increasingly concerned with the (molecular-level) mechanisms behind the observations. This unit provides an overview of the fundamental chemical principles that control geochemical processes, and shows how this knowledge can be used to understand, predict, and manage applied geochemical problems, including mineral exploration and geometallurgy; radioactive waste deposits; applied mineralogy (e.g., cement); and environmental remediation.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental chemical principles to understand the distribution and mobility of elements in earth systems.
  2. Discuss the key physical and chemical parameters that control element mobility in a given geochemical system.
  3. Understand the different analytical tools that can be used to study geochemical systems and the information they deliver.
  4. Develop an understanding of key geochemical questions.
  5. Apply the knowledge to understand and predict the evolution of natural and engineered geochemical systems.


Assessed practical exercises: 40%

Field trip assessment: 10%

Final examination: 50%

Workload requirements

  • 2 hours of lectures per week
  • One 3-hour practical per week
  • One 1-day field trip

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This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


One of EAE2322, EAE2511, ESC2122