OMG 214 Introduction to Environmental Geochemistry
Dr. Susanne Fietz
P Geo-Environmental Science 124
PP Geo-Environmental Science 154
P Chemistry 124, 144
of this course is to introduce you to the application of geochemical
principles to the natural environment. We shall consider the
geochemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere and sedimentary
environment. Since water is the common link between all of these
environments, the course will emphasize water chemistry.
are certain elements more abundant than others? Why
is the surface of the Earth composed of primarily only
certain elements, and not full of mercury, lead, or
THERMODYNAMICS & KINETICS
OF LIVING & NON-LIVING ORGANIC MOLECULES
PROCESSES IN THE ENVIRONMENT
ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT Introduction to the chemistry of
the atmosphere. Gas-phase and aerosol chemistry. Chemistry
OF LAKES, RIVERS & MARINE ENVIRONMENTS
of the natural geochemical cycles of elements at the surface
of the Earth, as well as the effects of human activities upon
ii Understanding of the processes involved in the distribution
and transport of chemical substances between the atmospheric,
continental and marine environments.
iii Ability to reflect on the interactions among chemical, geological,
physical and biological environmental processes.
iv Ability to interpret environmental geochemical
Study Materials and textbooks
"Environmental and Low Temperature Geochemistry" by Peter
Ryan, ISBN: 978-1-4051-8612-4, May 2014, Wiley-Blackwell.
of Environmental Geochemistry" by G. Nelson Eby
material will occasionally be provided in class and/or posted