, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 199–239 | Cite as

Biogeochemistry: its origins and development

  • Eville Gorham


The history of how aspects of biology, geology and chemistry came together over the past three centuries to form a separate discipline known as biogeochemistry is described under four major headings: metabolic aspects, geochemical aspects, biogeochemical cycles, and the origin of life. A brief chronology of major conceptual advances is also presented.

Key words

biogeochemistry cycles history origins 


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  1. 1.Department of Ecology, Evolution and BehaviorUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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