School Of Science And Health

Geochemical SystemsWestern Sydney University Unit Code: 300846.1


Student Contribution Band: 2

Level: 2

Credit Points: 10

Equivalent Units
300612 - Geochemical Systems

300800 Essential Chemistry 1 OR 300808 Introductory Chemistry

About this Unit
This unit covers the structures of minerals and determination of their structure and composition, interpretation of structural data in the literature, aspects of solid solutions, and the forces that stabilise mineral lattices. The unit explores the limits of chemical conditions in the natural environment (redox conditions, pH, speciation); mobilisation and transport of selected elements in primary and secondary environments; aqueous and supercritical fluids; complexing and ion-pairing phenomena. Exploration, extraction and ore processing will be illustrated with hands-on examples using advanced analytical instrumentation. A three day field trip to western NSW will be undertaken during the mid-session break.

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