2017 Geochemistry B

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Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ueno Yuichiro  Satish Kumar Madhusoodhan 
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Course description and aims

Geochemical character of the Earth will be studied through the history of the Earth. In Hadean, chemistry of early atmosphere and ocean will be studied. In Archean, chemical evolution of lithosphere and its interaction with atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere will be studied. In Proterozoic, ocean chemistry and evolution of biosphere will be studied. In Phanerozoic, chemical evolution of the Earth and its link with climate change will be studied.

Student learning outcomes

Understanding the formation of the Earth and its evolution in terms of geochemistry. Studying basic geochemistry for understanding geological phenomena. Particularly, it is important to understand key scientific evidence for chemical evolution of Earth's environment.


geochemistry, history of the Earth

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Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

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  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 chemistry of our solar system
Class 2 Hadean 1: Planet formation and chemical differentiation
Class 3 Hadean 2: Chemistry of primodial atmosphere and ocean
Class 4 Hadean 3: Prebiotic chemistry
Class 5 Archean 1: Chemistry of solid Earth
Class 6 Archean 2: Chemistry of surface environment and early life
Class 7 Archean 3: Chemical environment of early Earth
Class 8 Archean 4: Chemical evolution of atmosphere and ocean
Class 9 Proterozoic 1: Photosynthesis and atmospheric oxygen
Class 10 Proterozoic 2: Redox evolution
Class 11 Proterozoic 3: Continental growth
Class 12 Proterozoic 4: Link between chemical evolution and climate
Class 13 Phaneroozic 1: Link between chemical evolution and emergence of metazoan
Class 14 Proterozoic 2: Mass extinction and biological evolution
Class 15 Proterozoic 3: Climate change


Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life; Lessons for Astrobiology, Gargaud et al. eds (2012) Springer

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Young Sun, Early Earth and the Origins of Life; Lessons for Astrobiology, Gargaud et al. eds (2012) Springer

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Related courses

  • EPS.A203 : Introduction to History of the Earth

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