It is an enormous challenge to write an introduction to geochemistry these days. The discipline has become so diverse that any attempt to be completely comprehensive would yield a massive tome, doubtless beyond the pocket of the student audience at which it is aimed. I suppose that there are two approaches that could be adopted in pursuit of brevity: either skim the surface of the majority of topics and encourage further exploration of specialist texts, or expose the heart of the matter(s) and equip the reader to build outward from there. This book does the latter, quite beautifully. Its forthright...

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