Geochemistry and geochronology

Geochemistry and geochronology studies rely on precise determination of the elemental and isotopic compositions of rocks, minerals, waters and gases.

Geochemistry research addresses both fundamental and applied research questions from past environmental conditions to the origin of mineral and fossil fuel deposits and the impact of CO2 injection into subsurface aquifers.

Geochronology research involves the application of a variety of isotope systems to determine the ages and cooling histories of rocks and minerals, with relevance to the dating of volcanic eruptions and igneous intrusions, metamorphic and uplift histories, and the formation of ore deposits and weathering profiles.