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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 12.742 (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Marine Chemistry 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Scott Doney
    Dr. Karen Casciotti
    Dr. William Martin
    Dr. Meg Tivey
    Dr. Dierdre Toole  
  • Course Introduction:

  • 12.742 Marine Chemistry

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    12.742 Marine Chemistry

    Fall 2006

    Animation of heated water spewing from a hydrothermal vent.
    Heated, mineral rich water spews from a hydrothermal vent on the ocean floor. (Image courtesy of NOAA PMEL Vents Program.)

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to chemical oceanography. It describes reservoir models and residence time, major ion composition of seawater, inputs to and outputs from the ocean via rivers, the atmosphere, and the sea floor. Biogeochemical cycling within the oceanic water column and sediments, emphasizing the roles played by the formation, transport, and alteration of oceanic particles and the effects that these processes have on seawater composition. Cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, oxygen, and sulfur. Uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide by the ocean. Material presented through lectures and student-led presentation and discussion of recent papers.

    Special Features

    Technical Requirements

     thinkSpecial software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mp3 and .xls.


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