Readings for geochemistry seminar – FALL 2002


FRIDAYS 12:30 to ~2 PM, ROOM 327


PIZZA will now be provided!


Participating faculty: Jerry Dickens, Cin-Ty Lee, and Glen Snyder


New reading topics/themes and papers are welcomed, especially from students!  Please send suggestions to Cin-Ty Lee at


PURPOSE: To discuss current geochemical research or review classic papers, which have broad applications to geology, geochemistry, oceanography, planetary geology, cosmochemistry, or the environmental sciences. 







6 September 2002 –  THEME: Tracking Aeolian dust transport to the ocean

Thomas Pettke; Der-Chuen Lee, Alex N. Halliday, David K. Rea

Earth and Planetary Science Letters 6307 (2002) 1-12 (IN PRESS)


13 September 2002 – cancelled because of Rice Alumni party


20 September 2002 – THEME: Tracking Sea Surface Temperatures through time using Sr/Ca ratio of corals; ENSO and Glacial-Interglacial variations

            Discussion Leader: Lee

J. Warren Beck, R. Lawrence Edwards, Emi Ito, Frederick W. Taylor, Jacques Recy

Science 257 (1992) 644-647

John F. Marshall, Macolm T. McCulloch

Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 66 (2002) 3263-3280

Alexey V. Fedorov, S. George Philander

Science 288 (2000) 1997-2002


27 September 2002 – THEME: Timing of core formation on the Earth; implications for planetary differentiation

            Discussion Leader: Lee

A.     G. W. Cameron

Nature 418 (2002) 924-925

Qingzhu Yin, Stein B. Jacobsen, Katsuyuki Yamashita, Janne Blichert-Toft, Phillipe Telouk, Francis Albarede

Nature 418 (2002) 949-952

Klein, Munker, Mezger, Palme

Nature 418 (2002) 952-955


4 October 2002 – THEME: Gas systematics of island arc systems: implications for global cycling

            Discussion Leader: Dr. Glen Snyder

            Fischer, Hilton, Zimmer, Shaw, Sharp, Walker

            Science 297 (2002) 1154-1157

            Sano, Takahata, Nishio, Fischer, Williams

            Chemical Geology 171 (2001) 263-271

            Sano and Marty

            Chemical Geology 119 (1995) 265-274


11-12 October 2002 – Martian Meteorite Workshop at NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute


18 October 2002Theme: Nucleosynthesis and origin of solar system

Discussion Leader: Lee

            Yin, Jacobsen, Yamashita; Nature 415 (2002):881-883.


25 October 2002Theme: Iodine-129 as a tracer of fluid migration in the environment

            Discussion Leadeer: Snyder

            Bottomly, Renaud, Kotzer, Clark; Geology 30 (2002):587-590.

Muramatsu, Fen, Yoshida; Earth and Planetary Science Letters 192 (2001): 583-593.


Additional Material (Optional)

Oktay, Santshi, Moran, Sharma; Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 64 (2000): 989-995.


1 November 2002 – Theme: Mantle geodynamics and geochemistry

            Discussion Leaders: Katie Cooper and Lee

            Tackley, Science 288 (2000):2002-2007

  • Mantle Geochemistry: the message from oceanic volcanism (PLEASE OBTAIN A COPY OUTSIDE RM 324)

            Hoffmann, Nature 385 (1997):219-385.


8 November 2002THEME: Dissolution and crystal growth kinetics on the nano-scale

            Discussion Leader: Mikala Beig

            Higgins, Jordan, Eggleston, 2002, Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta 66, p. 32013-3210


15 November 2002THEME: Origin of immiscibility in binary silicate, borate and germanate melts with applications to geological systems.

            Discussion Leader: Dr. Pierre Hudon (NASA Johnson Space Center)

Pierre Hudon *, Don R. Baker, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 303 (2002) 299–345



Pierre Hudon and Don R Baker, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 303 (2002) 354–371


22 November 2002 – NeoProterozoic Snowball Earth

            Discussion Leader: Grace Castellini

Hoffman and Schrag, 2002, Terra Nova 14 (129-155)

"Late Proterozoic low-latitude global glaciation: the snow-ball earth" from The Proterozic Biosphere (ed. J.W. Schopf and C. Klein), Cambridge University Press, 1992.  Pages 51-52  (OBTAIN COPY FROM GRACE CASTELLINI)