Chemistry and geology
Frontiers in geochemistry: contribution of geochemistry to the study of the earth
Russell S Harmon and Andrew Parker (Eds)
Chichester, UK; Wiley-Blackwell 2011 | 280pp | £39.99 (PB)
Reviewed by Andrew Hursthouse
The UN designated 2008 as the International Year of Planet Earth
This volume is a compilation of 12 contributions from across the geochemistry community. They provide an up to date insight into the subject and have been written in an accessible style. The book does not miss any of the major scientific developments or theory, ensuring relevance to a wide readership.
The contributions are gathered into two sections. The first focuses on the geochemistry of major earth components, including the evolution of the constituents of the solid earth and its gaseous and liquid envelopes, and major interactions, such as weathering.
In the second, the remaining chapters give a glimpse of the interaction of geochemistry with human and wider biological systems. Issues dealt with include disruptions of major geochemical cycles and the influence of human activity on the geochemical environment. Also featured are the interactions between microbiology and other disciplines, and emerging topics at the nanoscale.
This book provides a view of current challenges in what is ultimately a fascinating volume, suitable for all those interested in earth systems and a must read for geologists and chemists alike.
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