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Biogeochemistry, Second Edition: An Analysis of Global Change

Biogeochemistry, Second Edition: An Analysis of Global Change
Author: W.H. Schlesinger
ISBN 13: 9780126251555
ISBN 10: 12625155
Edition: 2
Publisher: Academic Press
Publication Date: 1997-03-06
Format: Paperback
Pages: 588
List Price: $78.95

For the past 4 billion years, the chemistry of the Earth's surface, where all life exists, has changed remarkably. Historically, these changes have occurred slowly enough to allow life to adapt and evolve. In more recent times, the chemistry of the Earth is being altered at a staggering rate, fueled by industrialization and an ever-growing human population. Human activities, from the rapid consumption of resources to the destruction of the rainforests and the expansion of smog-covered cities, are all leading to rapid changes in the basic chemistry of the Earth.
The Second Edition of Biogeochemistry considers the effects of life on the Earth's chemistry on a global level. This expansive text employs current technology to help students extrapolate small-scale examples to the global level, and also discusses the instrumentation being used by NASA and its role in studies of global change. With the Earth's changing chemistry as the focus, this text pulls together the many disparate fields that are encompassed by the broad reach of biogeochemistry. With extensive cross-referencing of chapters, figures, and tables, and an interdisciplinary coverage of the topic at hand, this text will provide an excellent framework for courses examining global change and environmental chemistry, and will also be a useful self-study guide.

• Emphasizes the effects of life on the basic chemistry of the atmosphere, the soils, and seawaters of the Earth
• Calculates and compares the effects of industrial emissions, land clearing, agriculture, and rising population on Earths chemistry
• 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
• Includes an extensive review and up-to-date synthesis of the current literature on the Earths biogeochemistry


Biogeochemistry is the study of the geochemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere, oceans, and crustal minerals of the earth's surface as affected by living organisms. This text for a graduate course or reference for ecologists and environmental scientists examines global changes that have occurred and are occurring in our water, air, and on land, and relates them to the global cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous, and sulfur. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)