Introduction to Geochemistry


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Table of Contents

Preface xiii

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

References 406

Index 431 

About the Author

KULA C. MISRA is a Professor of Geology (Emeritus) at the University of Tennessee where he has taught geochemistry, economic geology, and environmental geology for more than 30 years. He received a M.Tech degree in Applied Geology from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) and, after working for about ten years as a field geologist, a Ph.D. degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). His research papers have been published in several professional journals, and he is the author of the textbook Understanding Mineral Deposits published in the year 2000. He is a member of several professional organizations and has served as a consultant to corporations and government agencies on subjects related to mineral deposits and environmental geochemistry.


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