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GEOL472 Advanced Topics in Environmental Geochemistry

A theoretical and practical paper focused on geochemical contamination and remediation processes.

Paper title Advanced Topics in Environmental Geochemistry
Paper code GEOL472
Subject Geology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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May not be credited together with GEOL450 passed in 2018.

This paper is suitable for someone with a BSc (or equivalent) in a physical science.


Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Dr James Scott
Verum Group staff


The module will draw on:

  • Drever, J. I., 1997, The Geochemistry of Natural Waters Surface and Groundwater Environment, Prentice Hall.
  • Stumm, W., and Morgan, J. J., 1996, Aquatic chemistry: chemical equilibria and rates in natural waters, New York, John Wiley & Sons.
  • Nordstrom, D. K., and Munoz, J. L., 1994, Geochemical Thermodynamics, Boston, Blackwell Scientific Publications, 493p.
  • Moore, T., Black, A., Centeno, J., Harding, J., and Trumm, D., 2005, Metal Contaminants in New Zealand; Sources, Treatments, and Effects on Ecology and Human Health: Christchurch, New Zealand, Rezolutionz Press, p. 490.
  • NZJGG 2010, Vol 53, No2-3 Special Issue, Mine Drainage.
  • Mine Water and Environment 2015, Vol 34, No4, Special Issue, Mine Water Research in New Zealand.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

  • An understanding of the complex chemical changes that take place around active and historic mines (Environmental literacy, Interdisciplinary perspective, Life-long learning)
  • An understanding of the physical and downstream effects of the gold and coal mine wastes (Environmental literacy, Research)
  • An ability to distinguish different types of mine wastes and know the remediation measures that should be associated with each type (Scholarship, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Independent thinking)
  • An understanding of the ethical considerations around modern and historical mining from a geological perspective and development of these considerations in the class (Ethics, Scholarship, Environmental literacy)

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system