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Course, academic year 2022/2023
Geochemical field course - MG431T103
Title: Geochemical field course
Czech title: Geochemický terénní kurz
Guaranteed by: Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources (31-430)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2021
Semester: winter
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:0/1 C [weeks/semester]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Note: enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Mgr. Adam Culka, Ph.D.
prof. RNDr. Jan Jehlička, Dr.
doc. Mgr. Petr Drahota, Ph.D.
Class: Kvadrupólové ICP-MS
Původní předmět
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Last update: Mgr. Adam Culka, Ph.D. (27.09.2021)
A practical field course focused on applying traditional and modern geochemical methods for geochemical mapping and prospecting (rocks, soils, sediments) and monitoring the state of different compartments of the environment (soils, surface waters).

Previous attendance of basic Geochemistry course (MG431P01) for Czech students or Environmental Geochemistry course (MG431P07E) for Erasmus students is required for possible enrolment in the Geochemical field course.

Last update: Mgr. Adam Culka, Ph.D. (20.05.2021)

Reedman J.H. (1979) Geochemical Prospecting. In: Techniques in Mineral Exploration. Springer

Requirements to the exam
Last update: Mgr. Adam Culka, Ph.D. (20.05.2021)
Participation in a one-week (5 days) field course where a great part of analytical work will be conducted. One to two days of laboratory practical work and analyses afterwards. Participation in classes within the field course. A final report that summarizes the findings of the analytical methods applied on samples collected in the studied area including the geochemical map is required.
Last update: Mgr. Adam Culka, Ph.D. (27.09.2021)

Introduction and principles of prospection methods and geochemical fieldwork.

Methods of sampling of stream sediments, identification of (heavy) minerals.

Methods of sampling of natural surface waters, basic chemical analysis of waters.

Methods of sampling soils, preparation of soil samples for further analyses.

Radiometric prospection/analysis, sampling, main field methods.

Introduction to modern field analytical methods - waters, soils, rocks.

Field laboratory analyses, analyses using miniaturized instrumentation (pXRF, pRS)

Collection, preparation, analysis of acquired data, and subsequent composition of the project report including multipurpose geochemical maps.


The goal of the course:

Acquisition of knowledge of specialized geochemical mapping based on the soil, surface water, and river sediment sampling. Learning of practical skills such as sampling, field and laboratory measurements of basic and special parameters of sampled natural resources, interpretation of data, and preparing a basic geochemical report.


A Moodle Course with important materials for this course is available here: Geochemical field course (


[Předmět byl inovován v rámci projektu ESF pro VŠ II na UK, reg. č.: CZ.02.2.69/0.0/0.0/18_056/0013322]

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