How can geochemistry be applied to our understanding of the formation and evolution of sedimentary rocks and sedimentary basins? Collectively, the ten papers included in this book address this question and suggest that geochemistry is important for (a) understanding changes that take place in the diagenetic environment, (b) interpreting provenance and developing crustal evolutionary models, (c) dating sedimentary rocks, and (d) understanding the genetic relationships between sedimentary ore deposits and their associated sedimentary sequences.

The introduction by David Lentz is a good historical perspective and review of the use of geochemistry in sedimentary rock research that provides perspective for the...

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