Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Earth Science – University of Copenhagen

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Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Earth Science

The group's research is focused on the dynamic, petrological and (isotope-) geochemical characterization of magma chamber processes and the related evolution of igneous and volcanic provinces in different geotectonic settings, such as ocean island settings, subduction-zone related magmatism/volcanism and within-plate volcanic activities. Furthermore a major focus is on the development and use of non-traditional stable isotopes for answering questions regarding past climate and environmental changes on Earth.

Geochemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Earth Science

We use various mineralogical, petrological and geochemical tools to understand the geochemical pathways within the Earth and the evolution and history of the various geochemical reservoirs on the planet. The group is successful in developing non-traditional stable isotope systems applied to redox-sensitive processes in the marine and continental environment, which provide clues to past atmosphere-hydrosphere-lithosphere interaction on earth.

Last not but least, the cross-disciplinary aspects of geochemistry opens important research windows into the fields of hydrogeology, environmental protection/monitoring, ore deposits formation and archaeometrical applications dedicated to the study of past animal and human migration and to metal tracing in tool fabrication processes.

The group is centered around modern analytical instrumentation and laboratory facilities enabling the separation of elements of interest to address the above questions. Central to the groups research are thermal ionization mass spectrometers for high precision isotope analyses of certain tracers, an electron microprobe used for the small-scale characterization of minerals used for geochronological, thermochronological and geobarometrical calculations, an ICP-OES spectrometer to analyze major and trace element concentrations in liquids, and a x-ray fluorescence analyzer to determine trace element concentrations in powdered inorganic materials.

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