Postgraduate course

Radiogenic and Stable Isotope Radiogenic and Stable Isotope Geochemistry

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOV342
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

This course provides an introduction to the principles of radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry, and to the application of isotopes in geological studies. The radiogenic isotopes (e.g., Rb/Sr, Sm/Nd and U-Th-Pb) and their geological applications will be reviewed in the first part of the course. The second part of the course deals with the stable isotopes (such as H, O, C, N). The factors that control the distribution and fractionation of stable isotopes in natural systems and their application in paleoceanography and paleoclimatology will also be reviewed.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course GEOV342 a student should:

- understand the geological problems that can be solved by isotope methods.

- have the adequate background for the application of isotopes in geological studies.

Required Previous Knowledge

Basic principles of sedimentologi, palaeoceanography and palaeoclimatology.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


Forms of Assessment


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.


Contact Information

Student Adviser, Department of Earth Science, E-mail: studiekonsulent@geo.uib.no

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