Chemical Complexity and Landscape Geochemistry

  • John A. C. Fortescue
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 35)


The purpose of this chapter and the three which follow it is to examine more closely each of the four aspects of the philosophy for environmental geochemistry (outlined in Chap. 3) and to discuss each aspect in relation to landscape geochemistry. In this chapter the role of chemical complexity in environmental geochemistry is related to three aspects of chemical complexity: (1) the hierarchy of chemical complexity with respect to chemical entities studies in the environment (see Table 3.2); (2) the accuracy and precision of chemical data which was listed under the heading of scientific effort on Table 3.2; and (3) the type of data base upon which chemical information is obtained. These three will be discussed in relation to eight examples, each of which is concerned with a particular level in this hierarchy of environmental goechemistry.


Sewage Sludge Chemical Complexity Crucian Carp Environmental Geochemistry Cane Sugar 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. C. Fortescue
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  1. 1.Environmental Trace Substances Research CenterUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA

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