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GEOL 586 Aqueous Geochemistry
Geochemistry of natural surface water and groundwater. The main focus is the interpretation of dissolved components and their interpretation in terms of the flow history of the water and the interaction of water with its environment. Topics include measurement and interpretation of the common dissolved constituents in natural water, chemical equilibrium, mineral stability and solubility, the mass balance, carbonate chemistry and pH control, dissolution kinetics, redox reactions, interpretation of stable isotopes, and application of thermodynamic principles. Computer interpretation of field measurements includes equilibrium calculations and reaction-path analysis. A field project, which incorporates field analyses contributed by all students in the class, concerns the geochemical interpretation of surface water and groundwater in the Oneonta area.
Prerequisites: GrS; two semesters of college-level inorganic chemistry.
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