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This book introduces geochemistry in a way that will further the readers understanding of the Earth. The first part of the text, The Geochemical Toolbox, explains the tools of geochemistry. These include thermodynamics, kinetics, aquatic chemistry, trace element geochemistry, and isotope geochemistry. The second part, Understanding the Earth, uses these tools to discuss the Earths formation, and its working parts, starting with the mantle and core, up through the crust and hydrosphere into the atmosphere.

Author Biography

William White teaches geochemistry as a Professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University. He received a B.A. in geology from the University of California, Berkeley and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He is a fellow of the Geochemical Society/European Association of Geochemistry and the AGU, and has been named a highly cited author by ISI.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Energy, Entropy and Fundamental Thermodynamic Concepts

Chapter 3: Solutions and Thermodynamics of Multicomponent Systems

Chapter 4: Applications of Thermodynamics to the Earth

Chapter 5: Kinetics: The Pace of Things

Chapter 6: Aquatic Chemistry

Chapter 7. Trace Elements in Igneous Processes

Chapter 8: Radiogenic Isotope Geochemistry

Chapter 9: Stable Isotope Geochemistry

Chapter 10: The Big Picture: Cosmochemistry

Chapter 11: Geochemistry of the Solid Earth

Chapter 12: Organic Geochemistry, the Carbon Cycle, and Climate



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