, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 199-239

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Biogeochemistry: its origins and development

  • Eville GorhamAffiliated withDepartment of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

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The history of how aspects of biology, geology and chemistry came together over the past three centuries to form a separate discipline known as biogeochemistry is described under four major headings: metabolic aspects, geochemical aspects, biogeochemical cycles, and the origin of life. A brief chronology of major conceptual advances is also presented.

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biogeochemistry cycles history origins