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October 13, 2022

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The emphasis of this course is to use Trace Element Geochemistry to understand the origin and evolution of igneous rocks

The approach is to discuss the parameters that control partitioning of trace elements between phases and to develop models for the partitioning of trace elements between phases in igneous systems, especially between minerals and melt. Subsequently, published papers that are examples of utilizing Trace Element Geochemistry are read and discussed.

Course Curriculum

  • Beginnings of geochemistry Unlimited
  • Thermodynamic consideration of TE solid solutions Unlimited
  • Partition coefficient Unlimited
  • Ionic model for bonding and the role of ionic radii in understanding the partitioning of trace elements between phases Unlimited
  • Nomenclature for trace element classification Unlimited
  • Determination of partition coefficients Unlimited
  • Determination of partition coefficients: discussion of experimental approach Unlimited
  • Appendix Unlimited
  • More examples of experimental approaches for determination of TE partition coefficients Unlimited
  • Trace element abundance variations in simple melt-solid systems Unlimited
  • Fractional crystallization Unlimited
  • Fractional melting Unlimited
  • Complex melting models Unlimited
  • Constraints on melt models arising from disequilibrium in the Th-U decay system Unlimited
  • Ion exchange chromatography Unlimited

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