A practicing or student geochemist would, no doubt , give a warm welcome to a compendium of geochemistry since the subject is wide and fast moving. Much has been happening over the last decade or so in the fields of dating methods, of using isotopic and other chemical approaches in unravelling past climate changes, of the compositions and temperatures of hydrothermal fluids, of the geochemistry of the mantle and core, and of much else besides. How would a geochemist’s expectations be met by this volume of nearly 500 pages? The cover blurb aims to set the scene with the words...

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