12.746 Marine Organic Geochemistry


Class Info

Provides an understanding of the distribution of organic carbon (OC) in marine sediments from a global and molecular-level perspective. Surveys the mineralization and preservation of OC in the water column and within anoxic and oxic marine sediments. Topics include: OC composition, reactivity and budgets within, and fluxes through, major reservoirs; microbial recycling pathways for OC; models for OC degradation and preservation; role of anoxia in OC burial; relationships between dissolved and particulate (sinking and suspended) OC; methods for characterization of sedimentary organic matter; application of biological markers as tools in oceanography. Both structural and isotopic aspects are covered.

This class has no prerequisites.

12.746 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by D. Repeta and T. I. Eglinton (WHOI).

This class counts for a total of 9 credits. This is a graduate-level class.

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