Geochemistry : An Introduction

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From measuring geological time, through unravelling the evolution of continents, ocean and mantle, to understanding climate change, modern geochemistry is a discipline which pervades nearly all of the Earth Sciences. Geochemistry provides a broad introduction to the subject, which concentrates on the inorganic chemistry of the condensed part of our planet. This new textbook is written by the author of the authoritative and widely acclaimed Introduction to Geochemical Modelling (Cambridge, 1995). Emphasizing general principles rather than specific observations, Professor Albarede leads the reader through the simplest concepts of physics and chemistry behind geochemical processes. He covers fields central to geochemistry, such as crystal chemistry, mass balance and element transport, and geochemical dynamics. A broad range of applications is introduced, in natural water systems, the deep Earth and planetary processes. Geochemistry is an ideal textbook for undergraduate students, and will also provide an accessible introduction for researchers working in related more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 107 b/w illus. 7 tables 4 exercises
  • 1139165003
  • 9781139165006

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'... a welcome addition to the growing number of undergraduate texts on geochemistry ... In summary, this is an effective entry-level text that deserves to be widely read.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 'this is a benchmark book in its field, and I highly recommend it.' Education in Chemistry 'Its forthright numerical approach is refreshing and important ... this is an excellent textbook written by an excellent teacher ... I will recommend it widely ... we couldn't want for a more skillful guide.' Geological Magazine 'Readers will not need to know advanced mathematics to understand the book ... a valuable source of information for the non-specialists eager to learn geochemistry.' Environmental Geologyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The properties of the elements; 2. Mass conservation - elemental and isotopic fractionation; 3. Geochronology and radiogenic tracers; 4. Element transport; 5. Geochemical systems; 6. Waters present and past; 7. Mineral reactions; 8. The solid Earth; 9. The Earth in the solar system; 10. The geochemical behavior of selected elements; more

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