Principles and Applications of Geochemistry / Edition 2

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Designed to show readers how to use chemical principles in solving geological problems, this book emphasizes a quantitative approach to problem solving and demonstrates how chemical principles control geologic processes in atomic and large-scale environments. The book starts with basic principles and emphasizes quantitative methods of problem-solving. It uses the principles of isotope geology to enhance the understanding of appropriate geochemical subject areas. The book also examines the geochemical processes that affect the chemical composition of surface water and that determine its quality for human consumption. For anyone interested in Geochemistry or Geology.

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New edition of an introduction to geochemistry for students already well versed in geology. Discussion includes the formation of the earth from the big bang through stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis, and the solar system; principles of inorganic chemistry; and aqueous and isotope geochemistry and their applications<-->salts and their ions, thermodynamics, oxidation-reduction reactions, isotopic geochronometers, isotope fractionation, chemical weathering, chemistry of the atmosphere, disposal of radioactive waste, and the effect of environmental lead on human health. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780023364501
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/24/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 658,514
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


1. What Is Geochemistry?

2. In the Beginning.

3. The Solar System.

4. Chemical Differentiation of the Earth.


5. The Electronic Structure of Atoms.

6. The Periodic Table and Atomic Weights.

7. Chemical Bonds, Ionic Radii, and Crystals.

8. Ionic Substitution in Crystals.


9. Acids and Bases.

10. Salts and Their Ions.

11. Thermodynamics.

12. Mineral Stability Diagrams.

13. Clay Minerals.

14. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions.

15. Rates of Geothermal Processes.


16. Isotopic Geochronometers.

17. Isotope Fractionation.

18. Mixing and Dilution.


19. Consequences of Chemical Weathering.

20. The Chemical Composition of Surface Water.

21. Chemical Weathering of Mineral Deposits.

22. Geochemical Cycles.

23. Chemistry of the Atmosphere.

24. Environmental Geochemistry: Disposal of Radioactive Waste.

25. Effect of Environmental Lead on Human Health.

Appendix 1. Useful Data Tables.

Appendix 2. Standard Gibbs Free Energies (G f0) and Standard Enthalpies of Formation (H f0).

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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