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Title: Geochemistry


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Geochemistry
  • The study of the distribution of chemical
    elements and natural compounds on the earth and
    in the atmosphere and the chemical processes that
    affect the earth.

http//www.usgs.gov/science/science.php?term437
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Why Study Geochemistry?
  • Interested in life on Earth or on other planets
  • Interested in how our lifestyles affect chemical
    processes on Earth
  • Desire to tie chemistry together with geology
  • Interested in the origin of chemical compounds

3
What Do Geochemists Do?
  • Division of Earth Sciences
  • Study the concentrations of elements and their
    isotopes on earth, other planets, and outer space
  • Study the affect of life on the chemical
    processes on earth
  • Can apply studies/knowledge to environmental or
    mineral studies.

4
Career Options
  • Geochemist Consultant-works independently for
    mining companies
  • Research Scientist-works in laboratory and
    analyzes organic samples
  • Environmental Engineer-works for production
    companies and regulates processes that excrete
    waste
  • Teaching

5
Potential Work Places
  • Mining Companies
  • Universities
  • Environmental Consulting Agencies
  • Research Laboratories
  • Production Factories

6
What Makes A Good Geochemist?
  • Strong Inorganic and Organic Chemistry Background
  • Interest/Concern for the Environment
  • Desire to Learn
  • Able to Perform Theoretical and Actual
    Experiments
  • Computer Skills
  • Ability to Identify/Anticipate Consequences
  • Willing to Travel and Be On Location

7
Jobs
  • Work can be environmental, such as disposing of
    toxic wastes
  • Geochemists could also explore for oil
  • Collecting data
  • Assess how human activities affect soil and water
  • Work at all levels of government agencies
  • Can become private consultants
  • Engineering consulting firms

8
Area of expertise
  • Cosmic
  • Chemical interactions involved in condensation of
    matter
  • Explore the formation and evolution of earth,
    planets and the universe
  • Organic
  • Vegetation decay
  • Mineral formation and dissolution
  • Coal and oil formation
  • Isotope
  • Use radioactive isotope values to determine the
    origin and ages of minerals, rocks, the earth,
    and planets

9
Education and Training Requirements
  • Lab skills
  • Advanced degree
  • Chemistry
  • Organic
  • Inorganic
  • Analytical
  • Calculus
  • Physics
  • Geography

10
Additional Information
  • http//environmentalchemistry.com/careers/type/geo
    chemistry.html
  • http//science.jrank.org/pages/3006/Geochemistry.h
    tml
  • http//www.ontariojobfutures.ca/profile2113.html
  • http//www.unixl.com/dir/physical_sciences/geology
    /geochemistry/

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