It is daunting to take up the review of a 650-page book that presents 21 chapters covering the gamut of interests that absorb modern marine geochemists. Offsetting that challenge is the potential reward of gaining a deep appreciation of modern marine geochemistry from the writings of experts. This book dazzles. Given the eminence of authors who have written these chapters, one expects a high level of science, but the presentation also achieves an exceptional and sustained quality of clarity both in text and figures. The cover picture of two carbonate-sequestering species, a coccolith and a foram, together with a dedication...

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