Geochemistry at the Earth’s Surface

Movement of Chemical Elements

  • Andreas Bauer
  • Bruce D. Velde

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Andreas Bauer, Bruce D. Velde
    Pages 1-55
  3. Andreas Bauer, Bruce D. Velde
    Pages 57-100
  4. Andreas Bauer, Bruce D. Velde
    Pages 157-196
  5. Andreas Bauer, Bruce D. Velde
    Pages 197-248
  6. Andreas Bauer, Bruce D. Velde
    Pages 249-284
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 285-315

About this book


Geochemistry at the surface of the earth is dominated by two somewhat antagonistic forces: chemical reactions which attempt to attain a steady state (equilibrium) and geological movement of materials in time and space which changes the parameters that control chemical equilibrium. Another aspect that is extremely important to earth surface geochemistry is the effect of plants on the chemical and physical stability of materials (soils). Plant systems in fact work against the normal chemical changes (loss of silica, potassium, etc.) and the normal physical changes (stabilizing fine grained materials (clays) in the surface zones to avoid erosion). Biological effects are clearly seen in redox effects in the various parts of the earth surface movement cycle; soil formation, stream transport, sedimentation. This book attempts to outline these different parameters and their interactions as they affect earth surface geochemistry in order to give a better understanding of movement and accumulation of elements at the surface of the earth.

Authors and affiliations

  • Andreas Bauer
    • 1
  • Bruce D. Velde
    • 2
  1. 1.Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT), Institut für Nukleare Entsorgung (INE)Eggenstein-LeopoldshafenGermany
  2. 2.Laboratoire de GéologieEcole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France

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