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Marine Geochemistry, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-4443-1157-0
520 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The first edition of Marine Geochemistry received strong critical acclaim, and the reviews included the comments that it 'provides a benchmark in the field' and 'is clearly recognizable as a standard text for years to come'.

Marine Geochemistry offers a fully comprehensive and integrated treatment of the chemistry of the oceans, their sediments and biota. It addresses the fundamental question 'How do the oceans work as a chemical system?' by capitalizing on the significant advances in understanding oceanic processes made over the past three decades. These advances have been facilitated by improved sampling and analytical techniques, a better understanding of theoretical concepts and the instigation of large-sized international oceanographic programs.

Designed for use as a text, the book treats the oceans as a 'unified system' in which material stored in the sea water, the sediment and the rock reservoirs interacts to control the composition of sea water itself. Part I covers the transport of material to the oceans via rivers, the atmosphere and hydrothermal systems, and discusses their relative flux magnitudes. Part II considers the oceans as a reservoir, introducing water-column parameters before discussing water-column fluxes and the benthic boundary layer. Part III is devoted to the sediment reservoir. The topics covered include diagenesis, the major components of the sediments, and the processes controlling the geochemistry of oceanic deposit, which are discussed in terms of sediment-forming signals. Part IV offers an overview and synthesis of the integrated marine geochemical system.

Since the publication of the first edition, there have been further significant advances in several areas of the subject. The revised text of this edition accommodates these advances, while still retaining the emphasis on identifying key processes operating within a 'unified ocean.' Special attention has been paid to fundamental conceptual changes, such as those related to trace metal speciation in sea water, hydrothermal activity, carbon dioxide and the importance of the oceans in world climate change, the transport of particulate material to the interior of the ocean, primary production and iron limitation, colloids, and the preservation/destruction of organic matter in marine sediments.

Intermediate and advanced students with interests in chemical oceanography, marine geochemistry, marine biology and environmental chemistry will welcome this revised comprehensive text. Other students in the broader field of earth sciences will find it to be an essential reference source dealing with the interaction between the atmosphere, the ocean and the solid earth.

  • Incorporates all significant recent advances in the field.
  • 'Unified system' approach to ocean chemistry.
  • Emphasises geological contexts, e.g. sediment diagenesis.
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Table of Contents

Preface of the first edition.

Preface of the second edition.


Symbols andconcentration units.

List of abbreviations and acronyms.


Part I: The Global Journey: Material Sources:.

The Input of Material To The Ocean Reservoir.

The Transport of Material To The Oceans: The River Pathway.

The Transport of Material To The Oceans: The Atmospheric Pathway.

The Transport of Material To The Oceans: The Hydrothermal Pathway.

The Transport of Material To The Oceans: Relative Flux Magnitudes.

Part II: The Global Journey: The Ocean Reservoir:.

Descriptive Oceanography: Water Column Parameters.

Dissolved Gases In Sea Water.

Nutrients, Organic Carbon and The Carbon Cycle In Sea Water.

Particulate Material In The Oceans.

Trace Elements In The Oceans.

Down-Column Fluxes and The Benthic Boundary Layer.

Part III: The Global Journey: Material Sinks:.

Marine Sediments.

Sediment Interstital Waters and Diagenesis.

The Components of Marine Sediments.

Unscrambling The Sediment-Forming Chemical Signals.

Part IV: The Global Journey: Synthesis:.

Marine Geochemistry: An Overview.


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Author Information

Roy Chester is Professor of Oceanography in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Liverpool.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Incorporates all significant recent advances in the field.
  • 'Unified system' approach to ocean chemistry.
  • Emphasises geological contexts, e.g. sediment diagenesis.
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