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Analytical Techniques for Studying Environmental and Geologic Samples

As taught in: Spring 2006

A topographic map of Siciliy.

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 OpenCourseWare.)


Prof. Edward Boyle

Prof. Frederick Frey

Prof. Samuel Bowring

Prof. Timothy Grove

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Course Features

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.