Treatise on Geochemistry, Volume 8

1st Edition - April 7, 2005

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  • Editor: W.H. Schlesinger
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780080446424

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For the past 3.8 billion years, the geochemistry of the Earth's surface - its atmosphere, waters and exposed crust - has been determined by the presence of biota. Photosynthetic organisms exposed the Earth's surface to oxygen, denitrifying bacteria have maintained the nitrogen concentration in Earth's atmosphere, and land plants have determined the rate of chemical weathering. Life determines the global biogeochemical cycles of the elements of biochemistry, especially C, N, P and S. Volume 8 traces the origin and impact of life on the geochemistry of the Earth's surface, with special emphasis on the current human impact on global biogeochemical cycles. Reprinted individual volume from the acclaimed Treatise on Geochemistry, (10 Volume Set, ISBN 0-08-043751-6, published in 2003)

Key Features

  • Comprehensive and authoritative scope and focus
  • Reviews from renowned scientists across a range of subjects, providing both overviews and new data, supplemented by extensive bibliographies
  • Extensive illustrations and examples from the field


Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in geochemistry, ecology, earth, and soil sciences, especially those with interest in global change or environmental chemistry

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction (W.H. Schlesinger).
    2. The origin and early history of life on earth (E.G. Nisbet).
    3. Evolution of metabolic pathways (K.H. Nealson).
    4. Sedimentary and molecular biomarkers (J.M. Hayes).
    5. Biomineralization (H.C.W. Skinner, A.H. Jahren).
    6. Biogeochemistry of primary production in the sea (P.G. Falkowski).
    7. Biogeochemistry of terrestrial primary production (F.S. Chapin, III, V.T. Eviner).
    8. Biogeochemistry of decomposition and detrital processing (J. Sanderman, R. Amundson).
    9. Anaerobic metabolism and the production of trace gases (J.P. Megonigal).
    10. Geological history of the carbon cycle (E.T. Sundquist).
    11. The contemporary carbon cycle (R.A. Houghton).
    12. The global oxygen cycle (S.T. Petsch).
    13. The global nitrogen cycle (J.N. Galloway).
    14. The global phosphorus cycle (K.C. Ruttenberg).
    15. The global sulfur cycle (P. Brimblecombe).

Product details

  • No. of pages: 720
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2005
  • Published: April 7, 2005
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780080446424

About the Editor

W.H. Schlesinger

Dr. Schlesinger is one of the nation’s leading ecologists and earth scientists and a passionate advocate for translating science for lay audiences. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has served as dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke and president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He lives in Down East Maine and Durham, N.C. and continues to analyze the impacts of humans on the chemistry of our natural environment.

Affiliations and Expertise

Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

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