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USGS Scientists Contribute to the Landmark "Treatise on Geochemistry"

Nineteen U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists were invited to write chapters for the monumental "Treatise On Geochemistry." This landmark 10-volume publication is a comprehensive review of the many-faceted field of geochemistry. Nine of the nineteen are supported by the USGS's Toxic Substances Hydrology (Toxics) Program. Examples of Toxics Program science featured in the Treatise are:

The contributions from Toxics Program scientists presented in the Treatise are evidence of the impact the Toxics Program has had on the field of geochemistry as applied to the presence of toxic substances and hazardous waste in the environment. The Treatise will be an indispensable reference not only to academics but to contamination cleanup professionals, resource managers, and environmental regulators as well.

Chapters by USGS Authors

  • Volume 5. Surface and Ground Water, Weathering, and Soils
    • Chapter 2.  Modeling Low-Temperature Geochemical Processes, by Darrell K. Nordstrom (USGS)
    • Chapter 4.  Mass Balance Approach to Interpreting Weathering Reactions in Watershed Systems, by Owen P. Bricker (USGS), Carl J. Bowser, Blair F. Jones (USGS)
    • Chapter 5.  Natural Weathering Rates of Silicate Minerals, by Arthur F. White (USGS)
    • Chapter 11.  Stable Isotope Applications in Hydrologic Studies, by Carol Kendall (USGS), Daniel H. Doctor (USGS)
    • Chapter 13.  Geochemistry of Saline Lakes, by Blair F. Jones (USGS), Daniel M. Deocampo (USGS)
    • Chapter 14.  Geochemistry of Ground Water, by Francis H. Chapelle (USGS)
    • Chapter 16.  Deep Fluids in the Continents: I. Sedimentary Basins, by Yousif K. Kharaka (USGS), Jeffrey S. Hanor
  • Volume 7. Sediments, Diagenesis, and Sedimentary Rocks
    • Chapter 9.Coal Formation and Geochemistry, by Robert B. Finkelman (USGS), William H. Orem (USGS)
    • Chapter 12.Sulfur-rich Sediments, by Martin B. Goldhaber (USGS)
  • Volume 8. Biogeochemistry
    • Chapter 9.The Geological History of the Carbon Cycle, by Eric T. Sundquist (USGS)
  • Volume 9. Environmental Geochemistry
    • Chapter 3.Heavy Metals in the Environment - Historical Trends, by Edward Callender (USGS)
    • Chapter 7.The Medical Geochemistry of Minerals, Dusts, Soils, and Other Earth Materials, by Geoffrey S. Plumlee (USGS), Thomas L. Ziegler (USGS)
    • Chapter 12.Volatile Fuel Hydrocarbons and MTBE in the Environment, by Isabelle M. Cozzarelli (USGS), Arthur L. Baehr (USGS)
    • Chapter 15.The Geochemistry of Pesticides, by Jack E. Barbash (USGS)
    • Chapter 16.The Geochemistry of Waste Disposal Facilities in Groundwater, by Poul L. Bjerg, Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, Peter Kjeldsen, Thomas H. Christensen, Isabelle M. Cozzarelli (USGS)

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