Geochemistry - An introduction (2nd ed)

Francis Albarède, Foreword by Albrecht W. Hofmann 
Cambridge University Press  June 2009  

Hardcover  356 pp  ISBN 9780521880794      £77.00

Paperback  356 pp  ISBN 9780521706933      £34.00
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 Albarède€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 book provides a wide-ranging introduction to the general principles of modern geochemistry, making students aware of both the theory and its applications. It 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


Foreword to the English edition
Foreword to the French edition

  • Introduction
  • The properties of elements
  • Mass conservation and elemental fractionation
  • Fractionation of stable isotopes; 4. Geochronology and radiogenic tracers
  • Element transport
  • Geochemical systems
  • The chemistry of natural waters
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Environments
  • Mineral reactions
  • The solid Earth
  • The geochemical variability of magmas
  • The Earth in the Solar System
  • 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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