GEOL 4140 – Inorganic Geochemistry

Warner Cribb
KOM 322A
Office Hours: By appointment

Required Text:  Faure, G., Principles and Applications of Geochemistry, second edition

Course Topics:

History of Geochemistry
Nucleosynthesis – Origin of the Elements
Chemical Differentiation of the Solar System
Chemical Differentiation of the Earth
Chemical Bonds, Ionic Radii and Crystals
Ionic Substitution in Crystals
Thermodynamic Controls on Element Distribution
Mineral Stability Diagrams
Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
Rates of Geochemical Processes
Isotope Geochronometers
Stable Isotopes


3 Tests – 25% each
Homework – 10 %
Term Paper = 15 %