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Geochemical and Biogeochemical Reaction Modeling - Craig M. Bethke

Geochemical and Biogeochemical Reaction Modeling

Paperback Published: 9th December 2010
ISBN: 9780521155700
Number Of Pages: 564

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of reaction processes in the Earth's crust and on its surface, both in the laboratory and in the field. A clear exposition of the underlying equations and calculation techniques is balanced by a large number of fully worked examples. The book uses The Geochemist's Workbench(R) modeling software, developed by the author and already installed at over 1000 universities and research facilities worldwide. Since publication of the first edition, the field of reaction modeling has continued to grow and find increasingly broad application. In particular, the description of microbial activity, surface chemistry, and redox chemistry within reaction models has become broader and more rigorous. These areas are covered in detail in this new edition, which was originally published in 2007. This text is written for graduate students and academic researchers in the fields of geochemistry, environmental engineering, contaminant hydrology, geomicrobiology, and numerical modeling.

Review of the hardback: Reviews from the first edition: 'This book definitively demystifies geochemical modeling of water-rock reactions and makes it a breeze ... An outstanding book for students, teachers, researchers, and professionals ... interested in any low-temperature geochemical endeavor.' Journal of Geology
Review of the hardback: 'The book is well organized, the concepts are rigorously and clearly explained, and the range of examples are relevant and interesting. The writing style is lucid and concise, and I found the book a pleasure to read. The author also takes a refreshingly balanced view of the role and limitations of modeling.' Meteoritics & Planetary Science
Review of the hardback: '... this is a unique book with many valuable insights. Mathematical derivations are balanced by clear, qualitative descriptions of what is going on ... Essential reading for anyone starting off in the study of water-rock interactions, as well as being an extremely valuable reference for people already wrestling with such problems.' Bruce Yardley, Journal of Petrology
Review of the hardback: '... students who have taken appropriate mathematics courses at university level will find their use of geochemical modelling enriched, becoming competent in the use of software by virtue of understanding its mathematical limitations as well as limitations imposed by analytical chemistry. Assuming that the reader is able to grapple with the theory, this book is an extremely valuable resource. ... It is easily accessible to a mathematically literate reader and demonstrates the breadth of application of modelling to a range of geological and engineering problems. Those lacking a strong maths background will find this book challenging but rewarding given its diversity of application and clarity of explanation.' Minerological Magazine
"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. ... the book is structure and written in ways that genuinely encourage the to progress. Typically, chapters are introduced with fairly simple concepts, often illustrated with itnteresting, quirky, and familiar examples drawn from everyday life that illustrate theoretical principles. Individual chapters are short, easily digestible, and readily adopted as teaching packages. ... this book is an extremely valuable resource. ... It is very easily accessible to a mathematically literate reader, and demonstrates the breadth of application of modelling to a range of geological and engineering problems. Those lacking a strong maths background will find this book challenging but rewarding given its diversity of application and clarity of explanation." - David Manning, Mineralogical Magazine

Preface to first edition
Preface to second edition
A note about software
Modeling overview
Equilibrium in Natural Water
The equilibrium state
Solving for the equilibrium state
Changing the basics
Equilibrium models of natural waters
Redox disequilibrium
Activity coefficients
Sorption and ion exchange
Surface complexation
Automatic reaction balancing
Reaction Processes
Mass transfer
Polythermal, fixed, and sliding paths
Geochemical buffers
Kinetics of dissolution and precipitation
Redox kinetics
Microbial kinetics
Stable isotopes
Transport in flowing groundwater
Reactive transport
Applied Reaction Modeling
Hydrothermal fluids
Sediment diagenesis
Kinetics of water-rock interaction
Oxidation and reduction
Waste injection wells
Petroleum reservoirs
Acid drainage
Contamination and remediation
Microbial communities
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ISBN: 9780521155700
ISBN-10: 0521155703
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 564
Published: 9th December 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 16.8  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised