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Geochemical and Biogeochemical Reaction Modeling

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521155700

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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® 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.

    • Makes modeling transparent, clear and meaningful by presenting underlying principles together with fully worked examples
    • Places each model within the context of thermodynamic and kinetic theory, relating modeling to the reader's existent knowledge of chemistry and geochemistry
    • Contains within the text all the commands needed to construct each model considered, using the popular software The Geochemist's Workbench®
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521155700
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 168 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to first edition
    Preface to second edition
    A note about software
    1. Introduction
    2. Modeling overview
    Part I. Equilibrium in Natural Water:
    3. The equilibrium state
    4. Solving for the equilibrium state
    5. Changing the basics
    6. Equilibrium models of natural waters
    7. Redox disequilibrium
    8. Activity coefficients
    9. Sorption and ion exchange
    10. Surface complexation
    11. Automatic reaction balancing
    12. Uniqueness
    Part II. Reaction Processes:
    13. Mass transfer
    14. Polythermal, fixed, and sliding paths
    15. Geochemical buffers
    16. Kinetics of dissolution and precipitation
    17. Redox kinetics
    18. Microbial kinetics
    19. Stable isotopes
    20. Transport in flowing groundwater
    21. Reactive transport
    Part III. Applied Reaction Modeling:
    22. Hydrothermal fluids
    23. Geothermometry
    24. Evaporation
    25. Sediment diagenesis
    26. Kinetics of water-rock interaction
    27. Weathering
    28. Oxidation and reduction
    29. Waste injection wells
    30. Petroleum reservoirs
    31. Acid drainage
    32. Contamination and remediation
    33. Microbial communities

  • Author

    Craig M. Bethke, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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