Sorption phenomena on mineral-water interfaces (MWI) are known to control the retention of many trace elements and organic substances of environmental concern, as well as the kinetics of mineral dissolution/precipitation (Sposito 1984; Davis and Kent 1990; Dzombak and Morel 1990; Goldberg 1992; Stumm 1992; Morel and Hering 1993; Langmuir 1997; Zachara and Westall 1999; Benjamin 2002b; Ganor et al. 2009; and references therein). However, there is still no agreement about a uniform thermodynamic concept which can account for the relevant physicochemical interactions at MWI and can be implemented in...

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