Applied Geochemistry - GEOS3281

Faculty: Faculty of Science

School: School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4.7

Enrolment Requirements:


CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course examines the characteristics, source and fate of metals and organic contaminants in natural and urban environments. Primary and secondary dispersion of elements and weather processes. Principles of vapour, water, soil, drainage sediments, rocks and vegetation geochemistry as applied to environmental assessments; aqueous geochemistry and contaminant modelling, with reference to Australian case studies. Introduction to sampling, analytical techniques and design of environmental surveys.

Note: Fieldwork of up to 3 days duration will involve geochemical surveys at a contaminated site and students will incur some personal costs.

Assumed Knowledge: students should have completed at least one of: GEOS1111, GEOS1211 or GEOS1701.

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