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Geochemistry: An Introduction

  • Provides a wide-ranging introduction to the general principles of modern geochemistry, making students aware of both the theory and its applications
  • Includes 50% extra material, with three new chapters on stable isotopes, biogeochemistry, and environmental geochemistry, bringing students completely up-to-date on the subject
  • End-of-chapter exercises enable students to test their understanding of the material

By: Francis Albarède(Author)

352 pages, 70 b/w photos, 36 tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jun 2009 | Edition: 2 | #179586 | ISBN-13: 9780521706933
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Hardback | Jun 2009 | Edition: 2 | #179585 | ISBN-13: 9780521880794
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Introducing the essentials of modern geochemistry for students across the Earth and environmental sciences, this new edition emphasises the general principles of this central discipline. Focusing on inorganic chemistry, Francis Albarede's refreshing approach is brought to topics that range from measuring geological time to the understanding of climate change.

The author leads the student through the necessary mathematics to understand the quantitative aspects of the subject in an easily understandable manner. The early chapters cover the principles and methods of physics and chemistry that underlie geochemistry, to build the students' understanding of concepts such as isotopes, fractionation, and mixing. These are then applied across many of the environments on Earth, including the solid Earth, rivers, and climate, and then extended to processes on other planets.

Three new chapters have been added – on stable isotopes, biogeochemistry, and environmental geochemistry. End-of-chapter student exercises, with solutions available online, are also included.

"[...] 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

"[...] 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."
- Times Higher Education Supplement

"This is a benchmark book in its field, and I highly recommend it."
- Education in Chemistry

"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 Geology


Foreword to the English edition
Foreword to the French edition

1. The properties of elements
2. Mass conservation and elemental fractionation
3. Fractionation of stable isotopes
4. Geochronology and radiogenic tracers
5. Element transport
6. Geochemical systems
7. The chemistry of natural waters
8. Biogeochemistry
9. Environments
10. Mineral reactions
11. The solid Earth
12. The geochemical variability of magmas
13. The Earth in the Solar System
14. The element barn

Appendix A. Composition of the major geological units
Appendix B. The mixing equation for ratios
Appendix C. A refresher on thermodynamics
Appendix D. The geological time scale
Appendix E. An overview of analytical methods
Appendix F. Physical and geophysical constants
Appendix G. Some equations relative to residence time


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Francis Albarède is Professor of Geochemistry at the Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon and a member of the Institut Universitaire de France. He has held visiting professorships at universities in the USA, Australia and Japan. He has been President of the European Association of Geochemistry, Chief Editor of Earth and Planetary Science Letters and the Journal of Geophysical Research. He has received numerous awards, including the Norman Bowen Award of the American Geophysical Union, the Arthur Holmes Medal of the European Union of Geosciences, and the Goldschmidt Award of the Geochemical Society. He is also author of Introduction to Geochemical Modelling (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

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