Encyclopedia of Soil Science

2008 Edition
| Editors: Ward Chesworth


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-3995-9_44

Term applied to the general chemical composition of the soils or rocks of a region, against which the presence of anomalously high (or low) values may be gauged. Used especially in geochemical prospecting (Hawkes and Webb, 1962, p. 22–26).


  1. Hawkes, H.E., Webb, J.S., 1962. Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration. New York: Harper & Row, 415 pp.Google Scholar

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