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Biogeochemistry - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780128146088, 9780128146095


4th Edition

An Analysis of Global Change

Authors: W.H. Schlesinger Emily Bernhardt
eBook ISBN: 9780128146095
Paperback ISBN: 9780128146088
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 25th August 2020
Page Count: 762
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Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change, Fourth Edition, considers how the basic chemical conditions of the Earth, from atmosphere to soil to seawater, have been, and are being, affected by the existence of life. Human activities in particular, from the rapid consumption of resources to the destruction of the rainforests and the expansion of smog-covered cities, are leading to rapid changes in the basic chemistry of the Earth. The new edition features expanded coverage of topics, including the cryosphere, the global hydrogen cycle, biomineralization and the movement of elements across landscapes and continents by organisms and through global trade.

The book will help students and researchers extrapolate small-scale examples to a global level. With cross-referencing of chapters, figures and tables, and an interdisciplinary coverage of the topic, this updated edition provides an excellent framework for examining global change and environmental chemistry.

Key Features

  • Includes an extensive review and up-to-date synthesis of the current literature on the Earth's biogeochemistry
  • Synthesizes the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur, and suggests the best current budgets for atmospheric gases such as ammonia, nitrous oxide, dimethyl sulfide, and carbonyl sulfide
  • Features updated literature references and expanded coverage of topics, including the cryosphere, the global hydrogen cycle, biomineralization and the movement of elements across landscapes and continents by organisms and through global trade


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

I. Processes and reactions
1. Introduction
2. Origins
3. The atmosphere
4. The lithosphere
5. The carbon cycle of terrestrial ecosystems
6. Biogeochemical cycling on land
7. Wetland ecosystems
8. Inland waters
9. The oceans

II. Global cycles
10. The global water cycle
11. The global carbon and oxygen cycles
12. The global cycles of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
13. The global cycles of sulfur and mercury
14. Coda


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About the Authors

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

Emily Bernhardt

Dr. Bernhardt is James B. Duke Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biology at Duke University. She is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Freshwater Sciences and currently serves as the chair of Duke's Department of Biology. She lives in Durham, NC where she enjoys introducing Duke students to the wonders of ecology and biogeochemistry each year.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

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