The focus of this Perspective is on chemical processes at mineral-water interfaces – a subfield of geochemistry in which both of us have worked for the past several decades and one that can be traced back to the 1850’s (Thompson, 1850; Way, 1850). We would like to tell a story about how this field has evolved during this period and how some of the early scientific contributions of Victor Goldschmidt, Konrad Krauskopf, Irving Langmuir, Linus Pauling, and Werner Stumm (see photos below) have impacted our thinking about mineral-water interface chemistry. In telling this...

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