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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Geochemistry - AB240008
Title: Geochemistry
Guaranteed by: Department of Environmental Chemistry (240)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2022
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:4
E-Credits: winter s.:4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/1, C+Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Guarantor: Kroužek Jiří Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : B240008
Annotation -
This course brings the theoretical basis of geochemistry and related branches with focus on environmental chemistry. Students will learn about the chemical description of the pedosphere, its biology and the physical characterization of the soil environment that affects its chemistry. Students will also get acquainted with the main physico-chemical and chemical processes which takes place in the pedosphere including the basic natural geochemical cycles of the most important elements, as well as the anthropogenic soil degradation processes. The course will cover basic aspects of geology and geography. This course will help students to better understand the applied environmental engineering focused on the soil environment. These skills are further developed in the follow-up master's study towards practice.
Last update: Fialová Jana (10.05.2019)
Aim of the course -

The output of this course will be the knowledge of:

  • basic terminology in the fields of geochemistry, geology, pedology, hydrogeology and geography
  • a comprehensive chemical and physical description of the pedosphere
  • chemical and physico-chemical processes occurring in the soil
  • impacts of human activity on the soil environment
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Literature -

R:WHITE, William M. Geochemistry. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2013. ISBN 9780470656679

R:NAGLE, Garrett. Geography Course Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198389170.

R:FETTER, C. W. Applied hydrogeology. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, c2001. ISBN 0130882399

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Learning resources -

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Syllabus -

1. Introduction and definition of basic concepts, definitions and principles

2. Fundamentals of geology - endogenous and exogenous geological processes, geological structure of the Czech Republic, geological maps

3. Pedosphere - soil cover of the Earth, soil formation and development, soil-forming factors, conditions and processes, soil profile, soil regimes

4. Chemical composition of soil - inorganic components, soil minerals, crystallography, mineralogy

5. Chemical composition of soil - soil organic matter

6. Physical properties of soil - soil grain, soil structure, soil porosity

7. Physical-chemical processes in soil - chemical and phase equilibria in soil, thermodynamics, soil solution

8. Physical-chemical processes in soil - adsorption in soil, ion exchange, redox reaction and soil kinetics

9. Soil organisms and biological activity in soil

10. Geochemical cycles C, N, P, S, Ca, K, Na, Mg

11. Basics of hydrogeology - flow in saturated and unsaturated zone, types of groundwater collectors, Darcy law, heat in soil, atmogeochemistry

12. Soil protection and physical and chemical degradation of soil - contamination by organic pollutants and metals, atmospheric deposition / acidification

13. Soil protection and physical and chemical degradation of soil - eutrophication, decontamination technology / possibilities of remediation, transport of contamination, legislation

14. Basics of geography - geographic and astronomical coordinates, sphere calculations, GPS

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Registration requirements -

General and Inorganic Chemistry I

Physical Chemistry I

Recommended: Environmental Chemistry or Environmental Engineering, Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry

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Course completion requirements -

In order to successfully complete this course, students have to obtain a credit and pass the final exam. To obtain credit, students have to pass credit test containing calculations and prepare a short 5 min presentation with informations related to the specific topic. The credit is obligatory condition for admission to the final exam. The final exam will consist of two parts - a written test and an oral exam.

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