Geoenvironment and Geomaterials

Isotopic geochemistry:

  • Stable and radioactive Isotope fractionation processes
  • Variations of stable isotope ration in nature (O, H, C, S, N) – extra-terrestrial materials, lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere. – Stable isotopes H, B, Li, Si, Cl, O, C, N, S and their fractionation in Earth systems – practical problems
  • Isotope geothermometers
  • Long and short-lived radionuclides geochemical properties in the formation and transport of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, water, sediments and oceans.
  • Geochemistry of radionuclides in rocks, soils and water
  • The most important isotope geochronometers: K-Ar (and Ar-Ar), Rb-Sr, U(Th)-Pb, Sm-Nd…
  • Laboratory work: preparation and measurement of sample for isotope and elemental analysis of Ccarb, Corg, O, S (SO4, AVS, CRS), CHNOS.
  • Ionising radiation: physical basics, detection, biological effects, permissible dose, radioactive waste, radiation sources in industry, radiation protection for X-ray analytical devices (XRD and XRf), external radiations,…

Natural abiotic sources:

  • Need for natural metallic, non-metallic and energy resources and the knowledge of their extraction and processing as a driver of development of civilization.
  • The manner of use and recycling as a measure of technological and sustainable development.
  • Non-renewable, renewable and alternative energy sources and their use, advantages and disadvantages.
  • Types of non-metallic and metallic natural raw materials, production volume and their importance to human existence and technological development.
  • The impact of the metal, non-metal and energy resources on the local, regional and global living environment.
  • History of the use of selected key materials and their production, recent status and projection of their development on the environment.
  • Critical uses of baseline elements for sustainable development in the planning of geological exploration and mining production and ASAP introduction of necessary changes in methodology of mining production and the abandonment of ones, which are are harmful to the environment and to health.
  • Temporary, permanent and potentially catastrophic consequences of extraction of natural resources on the environment.
  • Historical, recent and future deponies/landfills of human waste and mining waste.
  • Natural disasters and disasters induced by human due to lack of knowledge.
  • Quantification of environmental pollution. Natural and anthropogenic anomalies and their impact on the environment and human health.
  • Current problems and applications development vision.

Statistical Methods:

  • Multivariate distributions – normal distribution
  • Multivariate analysis of variance
  • PCA and Factor analysis of R and Q mode
  • Discriminant analysis
  • Cluster analysis (hierarchical, k-mean)
  • Graphical presentation of multivariate data
  • Analyses of time series
  • Analyses of spatial data – kriging
  • Numerical methods – some up-to-date methods (neuron networks, fuzzy logic)

Geology (MAG) - Applied Geology (AG)


Geology (MAG) - Geoenvironment and Geomaterials (GGM)


Geology (MAG) - Geology and Palaeontology (RGP)





TeacherMatej Dolenec
Nina Zupančič

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