12.743 Geochemistry of Marine Sediments

Class Info

Focuses on processes that control the composition of sediments in coastal, shelf, and deep-sea environments and processes that define their roles in biogeochemical cycles. Topics include calculating chemical fluxes across the sediment-water interface; evaluating the sources and reactivity of carbonate, silicic, and detrital sediments; using pore water gradients to calculate diffusion, reaction, and flux rates; sediment dating; estimating accumulation rates; and using stable isotopes and natural-series radioisotopes. Covers evaluation of the links between sedimentary and water column processes; the effects of anthropogenic disturbances (e.g., eutrophication, acidification, warming) on sedimentary processes; and the role of sediments in global biogeochemical cycles. Introduces sampling techniques and mathematical modeling of sedimentary processes.

This class has 3.091, 5.111, and 5.60 as prerequisites.

12.743 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by A. Spivak (WHOI), D. McCorkle and W. Martin.

Lecture occurs 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 54-823.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the MIT Final Exams Schedule site or on the 12.743 Stellar site.

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