Department of Geosciences
North Dakota State University
GEOLOGY / CHEMISTRY 628:
Geochemistry Grad Student Term Project
Length of Project: 6-8 pages of text, plus illlustrations and
Course Points: together with class presentation: 20% of course grade
Completed Papers Due: Thursday, Dec. 11 at 23:59
Our objective during the last section of the class is to "consolidate our gains" in aqueous geochemistry knowledge and broaden our experience on the applications of this knowledge in the recent literature. Another objective, will be to use a geochemical modeling program to make informed conclusions.
Topic Selection: Select a literature article or other source that addresses a specific topic or study problem that is of particular interest to you. The source must contain some component of geochemical modeling so that you can compare the authors' results (on activities, SI's, solid species controlling reactions, etc.) with what you find using phreeqc or web-phreeq.
Citation and Reference System: All statements used in this report that are not derived from your own research are to be properly referenced. A "references cited" section that lists those materials that you actually used and cited is to be given at the end. Citation format is to follow exactly the format used by the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.
You are encouraged to use a diverse series of source materials, including maps, state and federal reports, journals and books. Your paper should include significant content based on your personal efforts and must include your use of the phreeqc computer model (either web or standalone version). Creativity is encouraged!
Class Presentation: For your 15 minute presentation to class, prepare a one page summary of what you wanted to know from the geochemical modeling and what the results were. Point out the importance of the study and the results as well as any reasons why you did not get the same results as the authors of your source, if this is the case. Attach relevant portions of your phreeqc output so that we may all read the small print!