Introduction to Geochemistry: Principles and Applications
May 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
In keeping with the modern trend in the field of geochemistry, the book emphasizes computational techniques by developing appropriate mathematical relations, solving a variety of problems to illustrate application of the mathematical relations, and leaving a set of questions at the end of each chapter to be solved by students. However, so as not to interrupt the flow of the text, involved chemical concepts and mathematical derivations are separated in the form of boxes. Supplementary materials are packaged into ten appendixes that include a standard–state (298.15 K, 1 bar) thermodynamic data table and a listing of answers to selected chapter–end questions.
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1 Introduction, 1
PART I CRYSTAL CHEMISTRY, 7
2 Atomic Structure, 9
3 Chemical Bonding, 23
PART II CHEMICAL REACTIONS, 49
4 Basic Thermodynamic Concepts, 51
5 Thermodynamics of Solutions, 79
6 Geothermometry and Geobarometry, 107
7 Reactions Involving Aqueous Solutions, 134
8 Oxidation–Reduction Reactions, 167
9 Kinetics of Chemical Reactions, 197
PART III ISOTOPE GEOCHEMISTRY, 223
10 Radiogenic Isotopes, 225
11 Stable Isotopes, 253
PART IV THE EARTH SUPERSYSTEM, 281
12 The Core–Mantle–Crust System, 283
13 The Crust–Hydrosphere–Atmosphere System, 326
APPENDIX 1 Units of measurement and physical constants, 372
APPENDIX 2 Electronic configurations of elements in ground state, 374
APPENDIX 3 First ionization potential, electron affinity, electronegativity (Pauling scale), and coordination numbers of selected elements, 377
APPENDIX 4 Thermodynamic symbols, 379
APPENDIX 5 Standard state (298.15 K, 105 Pa) thermodynamic data for selected elements, ionic species, and compounds, 382
APPENDIX 6 Fugacities of H2O and CO2 in the range 0.5–10.0 kbar and 200–1000°C, 396
APPENDIX 7 Equations for activity coefficients in multicomponent regular solid solutions, 398
APPENDIX 8 Some commonly used computer codes for modeling of geochemical processes in aqueous solutions, 400
APPENDIX 9 Solar system abundances of the elements in units of number of atoms per 106 silicon atoms, 402
APPENDIX 10 Answers to selected chapter–end questions, 403
“This is a good book to study if you want to build your understanding of geochemistry on a solid quantitative footing.” (Open University Geological Society Journal, 1 May 2013)
“Overall, this seems to be a useful book for its intended audience . . . I would recommend the book to those outside of geochemistry to expand their knowledge of the topic before entering the subject matter at a higher level.” (Chromatographia, 28 March 2013)
“Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above.” (Choice, 1 January 2013)
“Overall this is an impressively thorough and up-to-date text that is aimed at the ‘geological’ geochemist and I would certainly recommend it to such an audience.” (Geological Magazine, 2012)
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