2016 Geochemistry

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Nogami Kenji  Terada Akihiko 
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Mon7-8(H136)  Thr7-8(H136)  
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Course description and aims

Geochemistry dealing with chemical processes of volcanic phenomena as drastic emission of material and energy related geophysical phenomena

Student learning outcomes

Acquisition of basic knowledge for chemical characteristics and reaction of gas, liquid and solid associated with volcanic phenomena


geochemistry, volcanic gas, volcanic eruption, disaster prevention

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Theme-based lectures with the aid of original pictures and movies

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to Geochemistry Digestion of geochemical approach to volcanology
Class 2 Magma system Properties of magma and role of volatiles in magma
Class 3 Volcanic gas Chemistry of volcanic gases
Class 4 Volcanic gas monitoring by remote sensing Methods for remote sensing for monitoring of volcanic gas
Class 5 Volcanic gas disasters Volcanic gas disasters in Japan
Class 6 hot spring Geochemical approach to hot spring
Class 7 Travertine-1 Geochemical approach to travertine 
Class 8 Travertine-2 Rock alteration under acidic condition
Class 9 Submarine volcanic activity Submarine volcanic activity
Class 10 Geochemical monitoring of submarine volcanic activity Geochemical monitoring of submarine volcanic activity
Class 11 Styles of volcanic eruptions An overview of volcanic activities such as eruptions
Class 12 The role of volatiles in volcanic eruptions Explain the fragmentation and their influence of volatiles on eruption styles
Class 13 Volcanic eruption columns Explain the summary of volcanic eruption columns using thermodynamics
Class 14 Pyloclastic density currents and caldera formations Explain the mechanism of collapses of volcanic eruption columns
Class 15 Benefits and hazards of volcanoes Understand the hazard assessment of volcanoes, the present issue of eruption predictions and the utilization of volcanoes


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Reference books, course materials, etc.

Handouts will be distributed at the beginning of class when necessary

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework assignments and exam.

Related courses

  • EPS.A332 : Volcanology
  • CHM.B532 : Global Environmental Chemistry

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Nothing special

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