The geochemical modelling package ‘Geochemist’s Workbench’ is well known as a powerful tool for the interpretation and understanding of water–rock reactions. Craig Bethke, who developed the software, has a deep understanding of aqueous geochemistry combined with mathematical and computational skills. This book has to be an essential companion to The Geochemist’s Workbench, as it explains so much concerning what the software does, why it does it, and how the operator can develop the skills of modelling by interacting with it.

Teaching ‘thermodynamics’ or theoretical geochemistry is a challenge. Bethke appears to have overcome that challenge, because the book is...

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