2019 Advanced Earth and Space Sciences H

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Graduate major in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Ueno Yuichiro  Yokoyama Tetsuya  Ohta Kenji 
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Mon5-6(石実1-103, Ishikawadai Bldg. 2, (Laboratory Bldg.)103 room)  Thr5-6(石実1-103, Ishikawadai Bldg. 2, (Laboratory Bldg.)103 room)  
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Course description and aims

This course will examine principle of stable isotope fractionation. First, equilibrium and kinetic isotope effects are systematically studied. Then, molecular-level analysis of stable isotopes (isotopologues) will be studied. Latter half of this course will examine application of stable isotopes to geothermometer, biological tracer and material cycle analysis.

Student learning outcomes

Learning basics of stable isotope geochemistry and its application. Understanding principle of isotope fractionation. Understanding method to analyze stable isotopes.


Stable isotopes, Geochemistry, Cosmochemistry

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Student should submit attendance report every time as well as final report at the end of this course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction
Class 2 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 1: Stable and radiogenic isotopes
Class 3 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 2: Equilibrium of isotope exchange reaction
Class 4 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 3: Partition function ratio
Class 5 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 4: Kinetic Isotope Effect
Class 6 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 5:  Fractionation by biological metabolism
Class 7 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 6: Mass dependent fractionation low
Class 8 Principle of stable isotope geochemistry 7: Isotopologues
Class 9 Method of stable isotope analysis 1: Mass spectrometer
Class 10 Method of stable isotope analysis 2: Spectroscopy
Class 11 Application of stable isotopes 1: Geothermometer
Class 12 Application of stable isotopes 2: Biomarker
Class 13 Application of stable isotopes 3: Material cycle (geological time scale)
Class 14 Application of stable isotopes 4: Material cycle (environmental issues)
Class 15 Application of stable isotopes 5: Cosmochemistry/Atmospheric chemistry


Stable Isotope Geochemistry 6th edition (2009), Jochen Hoefs, Springer
Stable Isotope Geochemistry (Reviews in Mineralogy & Geochemistry volume 43) Valley & Cole (2001), Mineralogical Society of America

Assessment criteria and methods

Student performance will be assessed by attendance report every time (50%) and by final report (50%).

Related courses

  • EPS.A203 : Introduction to History of the Earth
  • EPS.A334 : Biogeoscience
  • EPS.A330 : Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

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