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12.119 Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples

Prereq: None
U (Spring)
12 Units. Institute LAB

Focuses on analytical facilities that are used to determine elemental and isotopic abundances in soils, rocks, minerals, and fluids. Emphasis is on isotopic ratios Sr, Nd, and Pb, whose isotopic ratios can be used for geochronology, and abundances of trace elements such as Rb, Sr, Cu, Cd, Hg, rare-earths, Pb, Th, and U. Analytical techniques include mass spectrometry, emission spectrometry, atomic absorption, neutron activation, and electron microprobe. A major lab project utilizes these techniques to address specific environmental and geologic problems.

E. Boyle, T. Grove

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Archaeology and Materials (Course 3-C)

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...Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by 3.014 or 12.119 in the...