Applied-Environmental Geochemistry

Course Information
TitleΕΦΑΡΜΟΣΜΕΝΗ ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΙΚΗ ΓΕΩΧΗΜΕΙΑ / Applied-Environmental Geochemistry
CodeGMO 653Ε
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorAnestis Filippidis
Course ID40001847

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The students will be educated issues about: •the geochemistry exploration for ore deposits •the environmental impact of the exploitation of mineral resources (toxicity of the minerals and the trace elements, protection actions) •the impact of the exploitation of energy resources in the environment •the geochemistry and its relationship with the environment (minerals and environment) •the role of industrial minerals and rocks at the protection of the environment •the effects on human health from dust mineral •the Environmental Impact Assessment
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Respect natural environment
Course Content (Syllabus)
Applied Geochemistry (geochemical cycle, pathfinder elements, geochemistry of rocks – soils –river sediments – waters – vegetation – gases, prospecting hydrocarbons). Environmental Geochemistry (ore deposits – energy raw materials – trace elements and environment, environmental uses of industrial minerals and rocks). Environmental mineralogy. Law and environment.
Applied Geochemistry, Environmental Geochemistry, trace elements, environmental uses of minerals and rocks, Legislation and Environmental
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Lectures are conducted with the use of computers and software. The communication with the students is achieved via e-mail and facebook.
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Quality Management System of the Quality Assurance Unit (MODIP).
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
1) Berkowitz, Brian., Dror, Ishai., Yaron, B.(2008) Contaminant Geochemistry Interactions and Transport in the Subsurface Environment. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 412 p. ( 2) Chapman R.J., Mortensenb J.K. (2006). Application of microchemical characterization of placer gold grains to exploration for epithermal gold mineralization in regions of poor exposure. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 91, 1–26. 3) De Vivo, B., Belkin, H. E., Lima, Annamaria (2008). Environmental geochemistry: site characterization, data analysis and case histories. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam ; London. 4) Demetriades A. (2008). Overbank sediment sampling in Greece: a contribution to the evaluation of methods for the ‘Global Geochemical Baselines’ mapping project. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 8, 229-239. Fleitcher W.K., Hoffman S.J., Mehrtens M.B., Sinclair A.J., Thomson I. (1986). Exploration geochemistry: Design and interpetation of soil surveys. Reviews in Economic Geology, vol 3, 180 p. 5) Levinson A.A., Bradshaw P.M., Thompson I. (1987). Practical problems in exploration geochemistry. Applied Publishing Ltd, Wilmete, Illinois. 269 p. 6) Lollar, B. S. (2005). Environmental geochemistry. Elsevier Pergamon, Amsterdam ; Boston 7) Merkel, Broder J., Planer-Friedrich, Britta., Nordstrom, Darrell K. (2008). Groundwater Geochemistry A Practical Guide to Modeling of Natural and Contaminated Aquatic Systems. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg. 230 p. ( 8) Rose A.W., Hawkes H.E., Webb J.S. (1979). Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration. Academic Press, london. 657 p. Sarkar, Dibyendu., Datta, Rupali., Hannigan, Robyn (2007). Concepts and applications in environmental geochemistry. Elsevier Science, Amsterdam ; London. 9) Solovov A.P. (1987). Geochemical prospecting. Mr Publishers, Moscow. 287 p. 10) Swennena R., Van der Sluysb J. (1998). Zn, Pb, Cu and As distribution patterns in overbank and medium-order stream sediment samples: their use in exploration and environmental geochemistry. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 65, 27–45.
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