This volume of the Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry series encompasses the ever-growing field of synchrotron-radiation-based research within geochemical and environmental research disciplines. The chapters in this work have three general formats. The first set of chapters (by G. Brown, by N. Sturchio, by T. Sham, and by M. Rivers) generously provides the reader with material that carefully reviews the work associated with the field, according to analytical approach and system studied. These chapters also provide a technical introduction to synchrotrons, their physics of operation, history, and construction. The second set of chapters (by P. Fenter, by M. Bedzyk, by...

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