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Biogeochemistry is the examine of the geochemical reactions that ensue within the surroundings, oceans, and crustal minerals of the Earth's floor as suffering from residing organisms. this article examines worldwide alterations that experience happened and are happening in water, air, and on land, and relates them to the worldwide cycles of water, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorous and sulphur. The textual content is meant for college students and execs within the environmental, geochemical and ecological disciplines

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The Atmosphere t h e a t m o s p h e r e (Cicerone, 1987, C h a p t e r 12). With such a l o n g residence time relative to mixing, this gas s h o u l d b e relatively evenly distributed within t h e a t m o s p h e r e , s h o w i n g h i g h e r c o n c e n t r a t i o n s only at s t r o n g p o i n t sources. I n contrast, t h e average v o l u m e of water in t h e a t m o s p h e r e 3 is equivalent to —13,000 k m at any time, o r 25 m m above any p o i n t o n t h e E a r t h ' s surface (Speidel a n d A g n e w 1982).

11 d a y ) . 5 3 T h e approximate altitudinal distribution of atmospheric constituents. From Walker (1977). 48 Processes and Reactions E x c h a n g e b e t w e e n t h e t r o p o s p h e r e of t h e n o r t h e r n a n d s o u t h e r n h e m i s p h e r e s a n d e x c h a n g e b e t w e e n t h e t r o p o s p h e r e a n d t h e strat o s p h e r e have b e e n e x a m i n e d by following t h e fate of industrial pollutants released to t h e t r o p o s p h e r e a n d radioactive c o n t a m i n a n t s released to t h e s t r a t o s p h e r e d u r i n g t h e testing of atomic w e a p o n s d u r i n g t h e 1950s a n d early 1960s.

0 billion years a g o (Walker et al. 1983). Most of t h e major e c o n o m i c deposits of iron o r e in t h e U n i t e d States (Minnesota), Australia, a n d S o u t h Africa d a t e to formations of this age (Meyer 1985). 13) Despite t h e relatively large e n e r g y b a r r i e r i n h e r e n t in t h e reaction, t h e r e m u s t have b e e n s t r o n g selection for photosynthesis based o n t h e 2. Origins 29 splitting of water, particularly as t h e limited supplies of H 2 S in t h e p r i m i tive o c e a n w e r e r e m o v e d by sulfur bacteria.

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