12.119 Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples

Spring 2006

Sicily map.
Left: Topographic map of the investigated area with sampling site shown as red circle. Right: Pb concentration with inferred age (depth) in the sediment core. (Image by of MIT OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course features homework assignments and a selection of lecture notes.

Course Description

This is a laboratory course supplemented by lectures that focus on selected analytical facilities that are commonly used to determine the mineralogy, elemental abundance and isotopic ratios of Sr and Pb in rocks, soils, sediments and water.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.

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Prof. Samuel Bowring
Prof. Edward Boyle
Prof. Frederick Frey
Prof. Timothy Grove

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
2.5 hours / session