NGEA09010U  Core to Crust: Earth´s Evolution and Processes (1+2)

Volume 2013/2014
Education
MSc Programme in Geology and Geoscience
Content

Geochemical evolution of Earth from 4.6 Ga to today; geochemistry and mineralogy of Earth components (core, mantle, crust), high temperature geochemical processes; isotopic tracers; high pressure and temperature mineralogy; planetary sciences and cosmochemistry; geochemistry of meteorites and their relationship to the origin and evolution of the Earth, solar system, and universe; origin and distribution of the elements, minerals and rocks; geochemical cycles in the crust and mantle; application of thermodynamic and kinetic principles to geochemical processes.

Learning Outcome

Knowledge:

  • Geochemical evolution of Earth
  • geochemistry and mineralogy of Earth components (core, mantle, crust)
  • high temperature geochemical processes, high pressure and temperature mineralogy
  • isotopic tracers
  • geochemistry of meteorites and their relationship to the origin and evolution of the Earth, solar system, and universe; planetary sciences and cosmochemistry
  • origin and distribution of the elements, minerals and rocks
  • geochemical cycles in the crust and mantle, and application of thermodynamic and kinetic principles to geochemical processes


Skills:

  • Demonstration of an understanding of the processes that led to the Earth’s formation and its prime differentiation
  • Description of the general characteristics of the different geochemical reservoirs within the Earth, the interplays between them
  • Knowledge of the chemical and mineralogical variations within the different Earth’s geochemical reservoirs in terms of geochemical processes linked to modern plate tectonic theory, lithospheric recycling and geodynamics, and to thermodynamic and crystallographic principles


Competences:

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • recite the milestones in Earth’s early evolution and to understand the processes that led to the Earth’s formation and its prime differentiation and the chronology of these events
  • be familiar with the on-going and past processes that have led to the structure of the Earth’s crust-mantle-core system
  • describe the general characteristics of the different geochemical reservoirs within the Earth, the interplays between them, and explain these within the framework of the evolution of the planet
  • explain chemical and mineralogical variations within the different Earth’s geochemical reservoirs in terms of geochemical processes linked to modern plate tectonic theory, lithospheric recycling and geodynamics, and to thermodynamic and crystallographic principles.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology and Geoscience or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations, group-work etc.
Students can choose to follow block 1 only and get 7,5 ECTS-points by signing up to the course "Core to Crust: Earth´s Evolution and Processes (1)" instead. In this case the exam assessment is based on teachers’ approval of assignments.
All students must hand in a written assignment after block 1. The assignment must be approved by the teacher. Students can choose to follow block 1 only and get 7.5 ECTS credits based on the teachers' approval of the written assignment.
Students must have an approved block 1 assignment to continue with the course and participate in the block 2 exam.
Credit
15 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 minutter
Oral examination (written report and curriculum) without preparation time. The examination takes 30 minutes, inclusive grading.
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Exam registration requirements
Submission of one written report before oral exam
Aid
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

See description of learning outcome

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 70
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Preparation
  • 272
  • Total
  • 412