Atmospheric Chemistry & Geo chemistry
Geochemists are increasingly in demand to study the composition and chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere is of importance for several reasons, but primarily because of the interactions between the atmosphere and living organisms. The composition of the Earth's atmosphere changes as result of natural processes such as volcano emissions, lightning and bombardment by solar particles from corona. It has also been changed by human activity and some of these changes are harmful to human health, crops and ecosystems. Examples of problems which have been addressed by atmospheric chemistry include acid rain, ozone depletion, photochemical smog, greenhouse gases and global warming. Atmospheric chemists seek to understand the causes of these problems, and by obtaining a theoretical understanding of them, allow possible solutions to be tested and the effects of changes in government policy evaluated Whereas Geochemistry is a multidisciplinary science that integrates the principles of chemistry, physics and biology to study Earth processes and dynamics. You will cover a broad range of topics including plate tectonics, groundwater flow, igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, mineralogy, structural geology and geophysics.