Geochemical Role of Living Matter (Biogenic Migration)

  • Aleksandr I. Perel’man
Part of the Monographs in Geoscience book series (MOGEO)


It was Vernadskii who showed that living organisms are important a ents controlling the miration of chemical elements within the supergene zone. It is the totality of all living organisms that makes an impression on the environment, and not any single living being. Vernadskii called this total the “living matter.” One can speak of the living matter of all land or may limit the discussion to some smaller area — a hilltop or a stratigraphic suite. The total mass of living matter on the earth is many times smaller than the mass of rocks. However, living matter is being constantly creatgd and destroyed, with the result that enormous quantities pf atoms become involved in it.


Mineral Salt Mineral Matter Biologic Cycle Living Matter Ukrainian Shield 
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© Plenum Press 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleksandr I. Perel’man
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  1. 1.Department of Geochemistry, Institute of Ore Deposits, Petrography, and MineralogyAcademy of Sciences of the USSRMoscowUSSR

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